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Growing a Software Language for Hardware Design

Authors Joshua Auerbach, David F. Bacon, Perry Cheng, Stephen J. Fink, Rodric Rabbah, Sunil Shukla



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Joshua Auerbach
David F. Bacon
Perry Cheng
Stephen J. Fink
Rodric Rabbah
Sunil Shukla

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Joshua Auerbach, David F. Bacon, Perry Cheng, Stephen J. Fink, Rodric Rabbah, and Sunil Shukla. Growing a Software Language for Hardware Design. In 1st Summit on Advances in Programming Languages (SNAPL 2015). Leibniz International Proceedings in Informatics (LIPIcs), Volume 32, pp. 32-40, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2015)
https://doi.org/10.4230/LIPIcs.SNAPL.2015.32

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The Liquid Metal project at IBM Research aimed to design and implement a new programming language called Lime to address some of the challenges posed by heterogeneous systems. Lime is a Java-compatible programming language with features designed to facilitate high level synthesis to hardware (FPGAs). This article reviews the language design from the outset, and highlights some of the earliest design decisions. We also describe how these decisions were revised recently to accommodate important requirements that arise in networking and cryptography.
Keywords
  • Heterogeneous Systems
  • FPGA
  • High Level Synthesis
  • Dataflow
  • Functional Programming
  • Streaming
  • Java

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