Using a communication architecture specification in an application-driven retargetable prototyping platform for multiprocessing

Xinping Zhu, Sharad Malik

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Abstract

In multiprocessor based SoCs, optimizing the communication architecture is often as important, if not more important, than optimizing the computation architecture. While there are mature platforms and techniques for the modeling and evaluation of architectures of processing elements, the same is not true for the communication architectures. This paper presents an application-driven retargetable prototyping platform which fills this gap. This environment aims to facilitate the design exploration of the communication sub-system through application-level execution-driven simulations and quantitative analysis. First, we introduce an expressive communication architecture specification which gives the designers the freedom to choose and configure their custom interconnection schemes over a wide range of communication architectures, covering the spectrum from buses to packet switching networks. This, combined with a distributed application model, drives a modular modeling and simulation environment that permits detailed simulation of the communication (and computation) architectures at the application level. Through the case studies motivated by an embedded system application, we show that through simulations, critical system information such as timings and communication patterns can be obtained and evaluated. Consequently, system-level design choices regarding the communication architecture can be made with high confidence in the early stages of design. In addition to improving design quality, this methodology also results in significantly shortening design-time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 04
EditorsG. Gielen, J. Figueras
Pages1244-1249
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Jul 12 2004
EventProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 04 - Paris, France
Duration: Feb 16 2004Feb 20 2004

Publication series

NameProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition
Volume2

Other

OtherProceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 04
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period2/16/042/20/04

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Zhu, X., & Malik, S. (2004). Using a communication architecture specification in an application-driven retargetable prototyping platform for multiprocessing. In G. Gielen, & J. Figueras (Eds.), Proceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition, DATE 04 (pp. 1244-1249). (Proceedings - Design, Automation and Test in Europe Conference and Exhibition; Vol. 2).