DISL: A Dynamic Infrastructure Services Layer for Reconfigurable Hardware

BU faculty member Martin Herbordt will work with Red Hat researchers Uli Drepper and Ahmed Sanaullah to create a generic operating system and firmware for reconfigurable hardware called Dynamic Infrastructure Services Layer, or DISL. DISL decouples the device specific hardware, OS and application spaces, enabling substantially higher productivity through reduced developer effort, well-defined developer roles, standard APIs for both external and internal interfaces, and greater code compatibility across chips and vendors. “DISL will make it easier for researchers to focus on specific, well-defined areas of innovation instead of repeatedly reinventing the hardware stack,” the team wrote.

Principal Investigator: Martin Herbordt