Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Jerry L. Trahan
This dissertation deals with reconfigurable bus-based models, a new type of parallel machine that uses dynamically alterable connections between processors to allow efficient communication and to perform fast computations. We focus this work on the Reconfigurable Mesh (R-Mesh), one of the most widely studied reconfigurable models. We study the ability of the R-Mesh to adapt an algorithm instance of an arbitrary size to run on a given smaller model size without significant loss of efficiency. A scaling simulation achieves this adaptation, and the simulation overhead expresses the efficiency of the simulation. We construct a scaling simulation for the Fusing-Restricted Reconfigurable Mesh (FR-Mesh), an important restriction of the R-Mesh. The overhead of this simulation depends only on the simulating machine size and not on the simulated machine size. The results of this scaling simulation extend to a variety of concurrent write rules and also translate to an improved scaling simulation of the R-Mesh itself. We present a bus linearization procedure that transforms an arbitrary non-linear bus configuration of an R-Mesh into an equivalent acyclic linear bus configuration implementable on an Linear Reconfigurable Mesh (LR-Mesh), a weaker version of the R-Mesh. This procedure gives the algorithm designer the liberty of using buses of arbitrary shape, while automatically translating the algorithm to run on a simpler platform. We illustrate our bus linearization method through two important applications. The first leads to a faster scaling simulation of the R-Mesh. The second application adapts algorithms designed for R-Meshes to run on models with pipelined optical buses. We also present a simulation of a Directional Reconfigurable Mesh (DR-Mesh) on an LR-Mesh. This simulation has a much better efficiency compared to previous work. In addition to the LR-Mesh, this simulation also runs on models that use pipelined optical buses.
Fernandez zepeda, Jose Alberto, "Scaling Simulations of Reconfigurable Meshes." (1999). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 7081.