G. Xu, Tze-Meng Low, James C. Hoe and Franz Franchetti (High Performance Extreme Computing Conference (HPEC), 2017)
Optimizing FFT Resource Efficiency of FPGA using High-Level Synthesis
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The practical use of High-level Synthesis (HLS) for FPGAs may compromise resource efficiency, which is a common design goal in FPGA programming. Specifically, when designing the iterative datapath for computing a FFT, combining naive HLS code with compiler optimizations can fail to saturate the BRAM ports and incur significant penalty in clock frequency. To solve this problem, we suggest that the target datapath should be explicit in HLS code. Using this solution, our FFT cores reduce the FFT latency by N cycles for the radix-2 N-point FFT comparing with previous HLS-based work and the Xilinx LogiCORE FFT. Meanwhile, our designs achieve comparable peak frequency and consume similar resources to Xilinx.

Keywords:
Synthesis, Fast Fourier Transform, Optimizing, FPGA