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A Hardware Backend for SUIF C. Scott Ananian
 

Summary: Silicon C:
A Hardware Backend for SUIF
C. Scott Ananian
High-level languages have much to offer the hard-
ware designer. Freed of the tyranny of gates, it is
possible to approach circuit function in terms of the
algorithm or protocol it implements. Design rule
checking and gate-level optimizations are becoming
impossible for large designs without computer assis-
tance anyway, the argument goes, so why not del-
egate all low-level design and synthesis to the ma-
chine, and free the humans to work on the high-level
tasks the machine is incapable of?
In addition, a successful hardware compiler for
a high-level language allows for more flexible
hardware-software co-design and simulation. Ide-
ally, a single high-level language could be used for
both the application software and hardware. The
model can be compiled completely in software for
simulation or debugging, then easily partitioned to

  

Source: Ananian, C. Scott - One Laptop Per Child

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences