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Communicating Process Architectures (CPA)
 Title: Implementing a Transputer for FPGA in Less Than 800 Lines of Code
 Conference: Communicating Process Architectures 2018
 Authors: Carl-Johannes Johnsena, Kenneth Skovhedeb, Brian Vinterb, Lindsay O'Brien Quarriec, Lawrence J. Dicksonc
(a) Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen
(b) Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen
(c) Space Sciences Corporation
 Abstract: By utilizing Synchronous Message Exchange (SME) for hardware de- sign, we see that going from a hardware schematic to an implementation becomes a much shorter process. This in turn shifts the focus to the architectural details of the implementation. This is shown by constructing an implementation of the Transputer in SME. This implementation has been made in less than 800 lines of code within the timeframe of ?4 months, where the majority of the time spent has been on the Transputer architecture. The resulting implementation is suboptimal compared to similar projects. However, since no optimizations have been made, reaching a more reasonable resource consumption and clockrate should be attainable within a few months. 

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