A Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign by Patrick R. Schaumont

By Patrick R. Schaumont

This booklet presents a scientific advent to the subject of Hardware-Software Codesign. the cloth emphasizes the elemental principles, and the sensible facets of Hardware-Software Codesign. The e-book constructed from a path concerning Hardware-Software Codesign, prepared through the writer at Virginia Tech. it really is separated into 4 differenct sections; uncomplicated innovations, customized Architectures, Hardware/Software Interfaces, and purposes. the writer covers many ideas together with many of the different types of expressing computations, sequential and parallel implementations, control-flow and data-flow, keep watch over dependency and information dependency, latency and throughput in addition to the structure layout area of facts paths, finite kingdom machines, micro-programmed machines, instruction-set processors, system-on-chip, and on-chip buses. the cloth additionally contains the several different types of hardware/software interfaces, their influence on functionality, price, and software program complexity. The e-book comprises info on hardware/software integration of elements on best of hardware/software interfaces in addition to layout method and layout flows for hardware-software codesign together with functionality overview, verification and synthesis of and software program implementations. difficulties are integrated on the finish of every bankruptcy and a recommendations handbook could be to be had for teachers.

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3 The Driving Factors in Hardware/Software Codesign As pointed out in the previous section, energy-efficiency and relative performance are important factors to prefer a (fixed, parallel) hardware implementation over a (flexible, sequential) software implementation. The complete picture, however, is much more complicated. In the design of modern electronic systems, many tradeoffs have to be made, often between conflicting objectives. 6 shows that some factors argue for more software while other factors argue for more hardware.

In both cases, this implies the implementation of dedicated hardware components. ). This makes these products energy-constrained. At the same time, such consumer appliances are used for similar applications as traditional high-performance personal computers. In order to become sufficiently energy-efficient, consumer devices are implemented using a combination of embedded software and dedicated hardware components. Thus, a well-known use of hardware–software codesign is to trade functionspecialization and energy-efficiency by moving (part of) the flexible software of a design into fixed hardware.

A design method is a canned sequence of design steps. You can learn it in the context of one design, and next apply this design knowledge in the context of another design. 5 The Dualism of Hardware Design and Software Design In the previous sections, we discussed the driving forces in hardware/software codesign, as well as its design space. Clearly, there are compelling reasons for hardware–software codesign, and there is a significant design space available. A key challenge in hardware–software codesign is that a designer needs to combine two radically different design paradigms.

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