Skeleton-based synthesis flow for computation-in-memory architectures

Jintao Yu (Corresponding author), Razvan Nane, Imran Ashraf, Mottaqiallah Taouil, Said Hamdioui, Henk Corporaal, Koen Bertels

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Memristor-based Computation-in-Memory (CIM) is one of the emerging architectures for next-generation Big Data problems. Its design requires a radically new synthesis flow because the memristor is a passive device that uses resistance to encode its logic value. This article proposes a synthesis flow for mapping parallel applications on memristor-based CIM architecture. It employs solution templates that contain scheduling, placement, and routing information to map multiple algorithms with similar data flow graphs to memristor crossbar; this template is named skeleton. Complex algorithms that do not fit any skeleton can be solved by nested skeletons. Therefore, this approach can be applied to a wide range of applications with a limited number of skeletons. It further improves the design when spatial and temporal patterns exist in input data. To accelerate simulation of generated SystemC models, we integrate MPI in skeletons. The synthesis flow and its additional features are verified with multiple applications, and the results are compared against a multicore platform. These experiments demonstrate the feasibility and the potential of this approach.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8076720
Pages (from-to)545-558
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computing
Issue number2
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020


  • Adders
  • Algorithm design and analysis
  • algorithmic skeleton
  • Common Information Model (computing)
  • Hardware
  • Memristor
  • Memristors
  • Routing
  • Skeleton
  • SystemC


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