Volume IV, 2004
Dr. Chiu Choi
The emerging field of reconfigurable computing promises increased processing power in terms of speed and function with only a modest investment in hardware. The goal of this experiment was to test this premise. Using a FPGA, a CPU was implemented in Verilog HDL. The CPU was then tested to measure the improvement of program execution time through the use of hardwired instructions in a reconfigurable system. Secondly, the predicted gain in reconfigurable resources as function of the number of instructions was tested in a reconfigurable environment. The results of the experiment suggest reconfigurable computing can provide marginal changes in resources allocated and significant improvements in program execution time.
Harmon, Ira, "The Effects of Instruction Set Variation on a Reconfigurable Processor" (2004). All Volumes (2001-2008). Paper 93.