Facilitating reuse in hardware models with enhanced type inference

Manish Vachharajani, Neil Vachharajani, Sharad Malik, David I. August

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6 Scopus citations

Abstract

High-level hardware modeling is an essential, yet time-consuming, part of system design. However, effective component-based reuse in hardware modeling languages can reduce model construction time and enable the exploration of more design alternatives, leading to better designs. While component overloading and parametric polymorphism are critical for effective component-base reuse, no existing modeling language supports both. The lack of these features creates overhead for designers that discourages reuse, negating any benefits of reuse. This paper presents a type system which supports both component overloading and parametric polymorphism. It proves that performing type inference for any such system is NP-complete and presents a heuristic that works efficiently in practice. The result is a type system and type inference algorithm that can encourage reuse, reduce design specification time, and lead to better designs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2004
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages86-91
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1581139373, 9781581139372
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
EventSecond IEEE/ACM/IFIP International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2004 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: Sep 8 2004Sep 10 2004

Publication series

NameSecond IEEE/ACM/IFIP International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and Systems Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2004

Other

OtherSecond IEEE/ACM/IFIP International Conference on Hardware/Software Codesign and System Synthesis, CODES+ISSS 2004
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period9/8/049/10/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

Keywords

  • Component overloading
  • Component reuse
  • Liberty Simulation Environment (LSE)
  • Polymorphism
  • Type inference

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