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Reconfigurable Computing (6 CP, 2V+3Ü)

This course will be given in English. Due to current situation with the Corona virus SARS-CoV-2 and the corresponding measures of Paderborn University this course will be organized in e-learning form.  

Subject and Goal

The course Reconfigurable Computing introduces into the field of computing with reprogrammable hardware structures. Computing systems built from reprogrammable hardware structures do not rely on a fixed hardware, but adapt their hardware architecture to the application under execution. The field was formed in the early 1990s when Field-programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) became commercially available that were powerful enough to be used for computing. Today, FPGA-based high-performance systems have outperformed state-of-the-art computers for many problems including database search, genomic sequence scanning, and cryptography. In embedded systems, FPGAs accelerate system functions, reduce system cost and energy consumption, and enable hardware-on-demand functionality. The course covers the following list of topics:

  • Introduction to reconfigurable computing
  • Evolution of programmable hardware devices
  • Architectures of FPGAs
  • Computer-aided design for FPGAs
  • Application domains for FPGAs
  • System design and programming reconfigurable computers

Who Should Take this Course?

This is an elective course for students of the Master programs Computer Science and Computer Engineering. There are no formal prerequisites for taking this course. However, since the course covers a wide range of topics from the architectures of micro/nano-electronic devices to algorithms for design automation, and the lab includes programming of hardware and software, we expect that students have completed Bachelor-level courses in digital design, algorithms, and programming.

Dates and Times, Materials

As e-learning platform we will use this PANDA course, where lecture slides, exercise sheets, screencasts with audio/video tracks and further materials will be made available. During the lecture, Wednesday 14:15 - 15:45 hours, BigBlueButton will be used for interactive discussions. Detailed information will be announced in PANDA. 


Prof. Dr. Marco Platzner

Computer Engineering

Marco Platzner
+49 5251 60-5250
+49 5251 60-4250

Office hours:

by appointment

Lab Coordinator

Christian Lienen, M.Sc.

Computer Engineering

Christian Lienen
+49 5251 60-4447

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