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Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) have begun to appear as accelerators for general computation. Their potential for massive parallelism, high on-chip memory bandwidth, and customizable interconnection networks all contribute to demonstrated 100-1000x increases in application performance relative to current PCs. FPGA coprocessors have been available in niche markets for years, and are now appearing in mainstream supercomputers from vendors including Cray and Silicon Graphics. Available development tools do not address developers of computing applications, however. Traditional FPGA design tools meet the gate-level needs of logic designers, but present a computing model that vanish...