I know there are a lot of students out there who are part of the Xilinx University Program, and I also know that when you write your Masters and PhD Thesis (as well as any technical paper) you need to find and cite the appropriate references. So, here is a link to the best 25 papers at the FPGA conference which is held yearly in Monterey, California. The papers are from 1994 up to 2010 and include insights that drove the products and shaped the research in the FPGA field. Accompanying each paper is an endorsement written by a well-known expert in the field, explaining the reasons for that paper’s selection. And, of course, with each paper there are more references. The proceedings of this conference are published in the ACM (and often the papers are also found on the IEEE website), so you’ll need ACM (or IEEE) library access to get them online. Most colleges and universities have access to these libraries, so this should be no problem to those of you who need this information.
These works have been collected to represent those papers which have had the greatest impact on the field. Here we have authors from all the FPGA companies and from all over academia. Here one gets a good sense of what is important, what matters, and what the problems are. The book also has an excellent paper in it written this year: “Three Ages of FPGAs,” by Steve Trimberger. It chronicles the development of the FPGA industry. Steve’s insight into this industry is exceptional, as he has seen it from the nearly the beginning.
Balancing Interconnect and Computation in a Reconfigurable Computing Array (or, why you don't really want 100% LUT utilization) André DeHon Architecture Endorsement by Mike Hutton
Cut Ranking and Pruning: Enabling a General and Efficient FPGA Mapping Solution Jason Cong, Chang Wu, Yuzheng Ding Computer-Aided Design Endorsement by Steve Wilton
FPGA Routing Architecture: Segmentation and Buffering to Optimize Speed and Density Vaughn Betz, Jonathan Rose Architecture Endorsement by Carl Ebeling
HSRA: High-Speed, Hierarchical Synchronous Reconfigurable Array William Tsu, Kip Macy, Atul Joshi, Randy Huang, Norman Walker, Tony Tung, Omid Rowhani, Varghese George, John Wawrzynek, André DeHon Architecture Endorsement by Carl Ebeling
Using Cluster-Based Logic Blocks and Timing-Driven Packing to Improve FPGA Speed and Density Alexander (Sandy) Marquardt, Vaughn Betz, Jonathan Rose Computer-Aided Design Endorsement by Steve Wilton
Automatic Generation of FPGA Routing Architectures from High-Level Descriptions Vaughn Betz, Jonathan Rose Computer-Aided Design Endorsement by Scott Hauck
The Effect of LUT and Cluster Size on Deep-Submicron FPGA Performance and Density Elias Ahmed, Jonathan Rose Architecture Endorsement by Mike Hutton
Timing-Driven Placement for FPGAs Alexander (Sandy) Marquardt, Vaughn Betz, Jonathan Rose Computer-Aided Design Endorsement by Jason Cong
On the Sensitivity of FPGA Architectural Conclusions to Experimental Assumptions, Tools, and Techniques Andy Yan, Rebecca Cheng, Steven J.E. Wilton Architecture Endorsement by Katherine Compton
The Stratix™ Routing and Logic Architecture David Lewis, Vaughn Betz, David Jefferson, Andy Lee, Chris Lane, Paul Leventis, Sandy Marquardt, Cameron McClintock, Bruce Pedersen, Giles Powell, Srinivas Reddy, Chris Wysocki, Richard Cliff, Jonathan Rose Architecture Endorsement by Herman Schmit