Tom Davidson

Tom Davidson

Former Member

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Hardware Embedded Systems (HES) team
Computing Systems Lab (CSL)
Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS) department
Ghent University
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 41
9000 Ghent


Research Project

During the last ten years, FPGA's became less of a purely design-oriented platform, they are used more and more in consumer electronics. Almost none of these designs take advantage of the run-time (partial) reconfigurability of these FPGA's. The main difficulties for more broad usage of this reconfigurability has been that the average designer has no experience in using this run-time reconfigurability of FPGA's. Furthermore, most tools are not easy to use and there is no clear design methodology. A big part of this problem is addressed in the research of Karel Bruneel, on Dynamic reconfiguration. My aim is to research the possibilities for elevating automatic dynamic reconfiguration to an even higher level of abstraction, and to develop a design methodology for dynamic reconfiguration on the HLS-level. This will result in designers being able to predict more easily and earlier in the design process whether or not dynamic reconfiguration is feasible in their designs. My research is funded by an IWT-grant.

Courses (Assistant)

Contact person for Projects:

Title Type Project year
Overiew of all run-time reconfiguration theses Master thesis 2013

Publications to Appear


Journal papers

  1. Tom Davidson, Elias Vansteenkiste, Karel Heyse, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt Identification of dynamic circuit specialization opportunities in RTL code ACM TRANSACTIONS ON RECONFIGURABLE TECHNOLOGY AND SYSTEMS, Vol. 8(1), pp. 24 (2015)
  2. D Pnevmatikatos, K Papadimitriou, T Becker, P Böhm, A Brokalakis, Karel Bruneel, C Ciobanu, Tom Davidson, G Gaydadjiev, Karel Heyse, W Luk, X Niu, I Papaefstathiou, D Pau, O Pell, C Pilato, MD Santambrogio, D Sciuto, Dirk Stroobandt, T Todman and Elias Vansteenkiste FASTER : facilitating analysis and synthesis technologies for effective reconfiguration MICROPROCESSORS AND MICROSYSTEMS, Vol. 39(4-5), pp. 321-338 (2014)
  3. Fatma Mostafa Mohamed Ahmed Abouelella, Tom Davidson, Wim Meeus, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt How to efficiently implement dynamic circuit specialization systems ACM TRANSACTIONS ON DESIGN AUTOMATION OF ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS, pp. 38 (2013)
  4. Tom Davidson, Fatma Mostafa Mohamed Ahmed Abouelella, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt Dynamic circuit specialisation for key-based encryption algorithms and DNA alignment INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF RECONFIGURABLE COMPUTING, Vol. 2012, pp. 13 (2012)

Conference publications

  1. Amit Kulkarni, Tom Davidson, Karel Heyse and Dirk Stroobandt Improving reconfiguration speed for dynamic circuit specialization using placement constraints International Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs, Proceedings, pp. 1-6 (2014)
  2. Amit Kulkarni, Karel Heyse, Tom Davidson and Dirk Stroobandt Performance evaluation of dynamic circuit specialization on Xilinx FPGAs FPGAworld Conference 2014, Proceedings, pp. 6 (2014)
  3. Karel Heyse, Tom Davidson, Elias Vansteenkiste, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt Efficient implementation of virtual coarse grained reconfigurable arrays on FPGAS Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Field Programmable Logic and Applications, pp. 1-8 (2013)
  4. Tom Davidson, Mattias Merlier, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt A dynamically reconfigurable pattern matcher for regular expressions on FPGA Advances in Parallel Computing, Vol. 22, pp. 611-618 (2012)
  5. Marco D Santambrogio, Dionisios Pnevmatikatos, Kyprianos Papadimitriou, Christiano Pilato, Georgi Gaydadjiev, Dirk Stroobandt, Tom Davidson, Tobias Becker, Tim Todman, Wayne Luk, A Bonetto, A Cazzaniga, GC Durelli and Donatella Sciuto Smart technologies for effective reconfiguration : the FASTER approach 2012 7TH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON RECONFIGURABLE AND COMMUNICATION-CENTRIC SYSTEMS-ON-CHIP (RECOSOC), pp. 1-7 (2012)
  6. Kyprianos Papadimitriou, Christiano Pilato, Dionisios Pnevmatikatos, Marco D Santambrogio, Catalin Ciobanu, Tim Todman, Tobias Becker, Tom Davidson, X Niu, Georgi Gaydadjiev, Wayne Luk and Dirk Stroobandt Novel design methods and a tool flow for unleashing dynamic reconfiguration IEEE International Conference on Computational Science and Engineering, pp. 391-398 (2012)
  7. Tom Davidson, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt Identifying opportunities for dynamic circuit specialization Workshop on Self-Awareness in Reconfigurable Computing Systems, Proceedings, pp. 18-21 (2012)
  8. Tom Davidson, Karel Bruneel and Dirk Stroobandt Run-time reconfiguration for automatic hardware/software partitioning Proceedings 2010 International Conference on Reconfigurable Computing and FPGAs (ReConFig 2010), pp. 424-429 (2010)
  9. Tom Davidson, Karel Bruneel, Harald Devos and Dirk Stroobandt Applying parameterizable dynamic configurations to sequence alignment ParCo 2009, Proceedings, pp. 8 (2010)

Other publications

  1. Tom Davidson Muterende hardware voor DNA-alignatie Afstudeerwerk FEA, UGent, pp. (2009)