: Compiling Complete Programs into Circuits

Abbrv: CCPC 2012

Location: London

Website: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/~singhsu/ccpc2012/

Start date: 2012-03-04

End date: 2012-03-04

Compiling programs into circuits is becoming increasingly important as we strive to reduce the latency and energy consumption of our computing systems. Although significant effort has been put into the task of  "C to gates" synthesis which aims to improve the productivity of hardware engineers there has been little work in the area of converting complete programs written by software engineers into circuits. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together researchers and developers working on novel techniques for translating programs into circuits as well as people using alternative techniques for translating algorithms into circuits without using conventional hardware description languages based on event-based simulation semantics. Our objective is to foster interaction between researchers and developers working in this area and to establish a community that can help drive forward a common set of goals and principles for the synthesis of programs into circuits.

Examples of topics of interest include:

• System design using Bluespec and in particular we encourage case-studies and experience reports.
• Synthesis of algorithms in high level languages into circuits e.g. from C#, F#, Go, Java and Scala into hardware.
• Analysis, verification and debugging of hardware systems described in high level languages (including formal verification techniques and language semantics).
• Embedded domain specific languages for hardware design e.g. Lava.
• Support for high-level language features e.g. dynamic recursion and dynamic data-types.
• Numerical aspects e.g. specification and control of range and precision.

We have a limited number of presentation slots so we welcome suggestions for people to give talks about their experience of using or developing alternative techniques for implementing computations on circuits although we may not be able to fit in all the proposals. There is no plan to have formal proceedings.

If you would like to present your own work on this topic please contact one of the organizers: s.singh@acm.org or dfb@watson.ibm.com