Multiprocessor Systems on Chip: Design Space Exploration by Torsten Kempf

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By Torsten Kempf

In the area of embedded structures the contradicting specifications of computational functionality, power potency and adaptability, including the shrinking time-to-market and very brief product lifecycles, shows probably the most not easy assignments in engineering at the present time. procedure architects are requested to use new and cutting edge designs to deal with those demanding situations. in spite of the fact that, the hassle for comparing a unmarried layout and the exploration of the almost limitless layout area calls for new exploration concepts. powerful exploration calls for an easy and quickly identity of appropriate implementation applicants, whereas an effective assessment of a unmarried layout aspect calls for an in depth research of the platform features topic to the applying requirements.

This publication solutions the above demanding situations via combining analytical- and simulation-based types for evaluate of a unmarried layout and complements the exploration by means of permitting a soft transition among those versions. Readers make the most of a accomplished creation to the layout demanding situations of MPSoC systems, targeting early layout area exploration. The booklet defines an iterative technique to extend the abstraction point in order that review of layout judgements will be played prior within the layout approach. those strategies allow exploration at the method point ahead of venture time- and cost-intensive development.

  • Presents a distinct method for layout area exploration of multiprocessor systems-on-chip;
  • Describes an summary simulation-based version, together with a digital processing unit and complicated activity modeling, permitting fine-grained functionality investigations;
  • Demonstrates an easy and fast refinement to state of the art digital systems, working at the paradigm of guideline set simulation, to speed-up the exploration process.

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As the current technology scaling cannot cope with these requirements by itself, new approaches have to be considered [5]. An obvious solution is to apply parallelism, in terms of processing the application on multiple processing elements in parallel. In addition, the contradictory requirements of high computational power and energy efficiency require highly specialized hardware architectures. This has led to the common agreement that heterogeneous MPSoC platforms are the best candidate for such devices [28].

2 Hardware Platforms and Components New design methodologies offering increased productivity in terms of design efficiency are indispensable for the development of future heterogeneous MPSoCs. For the comparison of different MPSoC platforms the following fundamental objectives and metrics can be defined. Performance. Probably the most important design objective, the performance, is typically measured in terms of latency and throughput. Especially, meeting the performance constraints induced by applications is highly challenging but necessary for a successfully operating device.

Therefore, the development of these application-specific communication architectures requires a deep knowledge of all the other hardware components and the addressed applications. This leads to the necessity for a joint design method, including the investigation of arbitrary communication architectures. In summary, the challenging performance requirements and objective constraints force system architects to utilize heterogeneous MPSoC platforms, which, in turn, significantly affects the software design methodology for such platforms.

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