Small-Scale Reconfigurability for Improved Performance and Double-Precision in Graphics Hardware

Authors

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



Abstract

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 (Vijay Kumar and Lach 2003). 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

@article { 172, title = {Small-Scale Reconfigurability for Improved Performance and Double-Precision in Graphics Hardware}, journal = {International Journal of Electronics}, volume = {94}, year = {2007}, month = {05/2007}, pages = {549-561}, author = {Kevin Dale and Jeremy W. Sheaffer and Vinu Vijay Kumar and David P. Luebke and Greg Humphreys and Kevin Skadron} }