In the Cutting edge Reconfigurable ICs for Stream Processing (CRISP) project, a single highly scalable reconfigurable system concept is developed that can be used for a wide range of streaming applications; from low-cost consumer applications to very demanding specialty applications. Under the coordination of Dr. ir. Paul M. Heysters, Recore Systems, the project is performed by an adept consortium consisting of Recore Systems, University of Twente, Atmel Automotive, Thales Netherlands, Tampere University of Technology and NXP Semiconductors.

CRISP takes a pragmatic and holistic approach; from hardware manufacturing to software and application developments. CRISP addresses flexibility, programmability and dependability of reconfigurable many-cores for streaming applications. The project is organized in four themes:

  1. Streaming applications - Targeted applications range from low-end consumer electronics and automotive applications to demanding high-end medical and defense applications.
  2. General Stream Processor (GSP) - The GSP is a dynamically reconfigurable many-core for streaming applications in low-power embedded systems.
  3. Run-time resource management – The flexibility and utilization of a many-core can be dramatically improved by dynamically allocating computation and communication resources at run-time.
  4. Dependability – Improved dependability and yield of deep-submicron chips with new fault detection and localization techniques and (dynamic) hardware fault circumvention.

The main result of the CRISP project is the design, proof-of-concept implementation, and demonstration of tomorrow’s General Stream Processor including:

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  • A radically scalable many-core architecture demonstrated in silicon.
  • Run-time resource management dynamically reconfiguring cores and network-on-chip.
  • On-chip dependability infrastructure for hardware test, diagnose, and repair.

The General Stream Processor is demonstrated on both low-cost satellite navigation and high-performance digital beamforming applications.