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Lecture on “Nonvolatile Memory Friendly FPGA Synthesis”
DateandTime: 2017-12-15 17:55:42

Speaker: Chengmo Yang, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer 

Engineering, University of Delawa, USA

Date: Dec. 21, 2017

Time: 10.00 a.m.—11.00 a. m.

Location:  Room 332, N3 Building, Qingdao Campus

Sponsor: School of Computer Science and Technology, SDU


Non-volatilememory (NVM) technologies have been known for their advantages of largecapacity, low energy consumption, high error-resistance, and near-zero power-on delay. It is expected that 

they will replace traditional SRAM as FPGA reconfigurable blocks. While NVMs promise FPGAs 

with more reconfigurable resources, lower power consumption, and higher resilience to power 

interruptions, they also impose two new design challenges: the slow write performance of NVMs 

may degrade FPGA reconfiguration speed, while their limited write endurance constrains FPGA 

programming cycles. None of these NVM features are taken into consideration in current FPGA 

synthesis tools, which have been optimized solely for SRAM-based FPGAs. To tackle this 

limitation, this talk presents a set approaches to tune the logic synthesis, placement and routing 

stages on FPGA synthesis flow to be NVM-friendly.


CHENGMO YANG received the B.S. degree from Peking University, Beijing, China, and the M.S. 

and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA. She is 

currently an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 

the University of Delaware. Her research interests lie in the broad areas of computer architecture, embedded systems, and design automation, with a particular focus on improving reliability, 

security, non-volatility, and energy-efficiency of next generation computer systems. Dr. Yang 

received her NSF Career Award in 2013. She has published more than 50 technical papers at 

first-tier conferences and journals. She has 4 best paper awards and nominations. She 

serves/served as the program committee member of many conferences such as CODES-ISSS, 


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