A Multiple-FPGA parallel computing architecture for real-time simulation of soft-object deformation Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Hardware-based parallel computing is proposed for acceleration of finite-element (FE) analysis of linear elastic deformation models. An implementation of the Preconditioned Conjugate Gradient algorithm on N Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) devices solves the large linear system of equations arising from the FE discretization. The system employs a large number of customized fixed-point computing units with a high-throughput memory architecture. An implementation of this scalable architecture on four Altera EP3SE110 FPGA devices yields a peak performance of 604 Giga Operations per second. This enables haptic simulation of a 3-dimensional deformable object of 21000 elements at an update rate of 400Hz.

publication date

  • December 5, 2014