Applications of Small-Scale Reconfigurability to Graphics Processors


Kevin Dale; Jeremy W. Sheaffer; Vinu Vijay Kumar; David P. Luebke; Greg Humphreys; Kevin Skadron


We explore the application of Small-Scale Reconfigurability (SSR) to graphics hardware. SSR is an architectural technique wherein functionality common to multiple subunits is reused rather than replicated, yielding high-performance reconfigurable hardware with reduced area requirements. We show that SSR can be used effectively in programmable graphics architectures to allow double-precision computation without affecting the performance of single-precision calculations and to increase fragment shader performance with a minimal impact on chip area.

BibTex entry

@proceedings { 174, title = {Applications of Small-Scale Reconfigurability to Graphics Processors}, year = {2006}, month = {03/01/2006}, pages = {99-108}, publisher = {Springer-Verlag}, address = {Delft, Netherlands}, author = {Kevin Dale and Jeremy W. Sheaffer and Vinu Vijay Kumar and David P. Luebke and Greg Humphreys and Kevin Skadron} }