AutoHLS: Learning to Accelerate Design Space Exploration for HLS Designs

    •  Ahmed, M.R., Koike-Akino, T., Parsons, K., Wang, Y., "AutoHLS: Learning to Accelerate Design Space Exploration for HLS Designs", International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS), August 2023.
      BibTeX TR2023-097 PDF
      • @inproceedings{Ahmed2023aug2,
      • author = {Ahmed, Md Rubel and Koike-Akino, Toshiaki and Parsons, Kieran and Wang, Ye},
      • title = {AutoHLS: Learning to Accelerate Design Space Exploration for HLS Designs},
      • booktitle = {International Midwest Symposium on Circuits and Systems (MWSCAS)},
      • year = 2023,
      • month = aug,
      • url = {}
      • }
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    Artificial Intelligence, Electronic and Photonic Devices, Machine Learning


High-level synthesis (HLS) is a design flow that leverages modern language features and flexibility, such as complex data structures, inheritance, templates, etc., to prototype hardware designs rapidly. However, exploring various design space parameters can take much time and effort for hardware engineers to meet specific design specifications. This paper proposes a novel framework called AutoHLS, which integrates a deep neural network (DNN) with Bayesian optimization (BO) to accelerate HLS hardware design optimization. Our tool focuses on HLS pragma exploration and operation transformation. It utilizes integrated DNNs to predict synthesizability within a given FPGA resource budget. We also investigate the potential of emerging quantum neural networks (QNNs) instead of classical DNNs for the AutoHLS pipeline. Our experimental results demonstrate up to a 70-fold speedup in exploration time.


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