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Title:Bridging MoCs in SystemC Specifications of Heterogeneous Systems
Type:International Paper
Where:EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems, Special Issue "C-Based Design of Heterogeneous Embedded Systems", Volume 2008 (2008), Article ID 738136, 16 pages
Date:2008-05
Authors: J. Haase
M. Damm
C. Grimm
Fernando Herrera
Eugenio Villar
R&D Lines: Design and verification of HW/SW embedded systems
Projects: IST 033511 ANDRES
ISBN:1687-3963
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Abstract:In order to get an efficient specification and simulation of a heterogeneous system, the choice of an appropriate Model of Computation (MoC) for each system part is essential. The choice depends on the design domain (e.g. analogue or digital), and the suitable abstraction level used to specify and analyse the aspects considered to be important in each system part. In practice, MoC choice is implicitly made by selecting a suitable language and a simulation tool for each system part. This approach requires the connection of different languages and simulation tools when the specification and simulation of the system is considered as a whole. SystemC is able to support a more unified specification methodology
and simulation environment for heterogeneous system, since it is extensible by libraries that support additional MoCs.
A major requisite of these libraries is to provide means to connect system parts which are specified using different MoCs. However, these connection means usually do not provide enough flexibility to select and tune the right conversion semantic in a mixed level specification, simulation and refinement process.
In this article, converter channels, a flexible approach for MoC connection within a SystemC environment consisting of three extensions, namely SystemC-AMS, HetSC and OSSS+R, are presented. Artículo.
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