Hardware Software Codesign of Embedded Systems
Ever-increasing embedded system design complexity combined with reduced time-to-market window has revolutionized the embedded system design process. The traditional design techniques (independent hardware and software design) are now being challenged when heterogeneous models and applications are getting integrated to create a complex system on chip. In hardware-software codesign, designers consider trade-off in the way hardware and software components of a system work together to exhibit a specified behavior, given a set of performance goals and technology.
Course Objective: The course will cover system level design of embedded system with top-down design approach. The students will learn various design steps starting from system specifications to hardware/software implementation and will experience process optimization while considering various design decisions. Students will gain design experience with project/case studies using contemporary high-level methods and tools.
Prerequisite(s): Microprocessor Systems or approval of Instructor
Who can take this course: Graduate and Senior-undergraduate students of engineering involved in embedded system design.
Text Book(s): There is no particular text for this course. Students should be prepared to follow the technical papers from recent conferences/workshops and journals. Following materials may be used as they contain some useful research topics in the codesign.
- G. Micheli, R.Ernst, and W.Wolf, editors, "Readings in Hardware/Software Co-Design", Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 2002.
- Lecture notes
- J.Staunstrup and W.Wolf,editors,"Hardware/Software Co-Design Principles and Practice", Kluwer Academic Publishers,1997.(Reference)
Tentative topics to be covered (to be reassigned on group interests):
1. Codesign overview
2. Models and methodologies of system design
3. Hardware software partitioning and scheduling
4. Cosimulation, synthesis and verifications
5. Architecture mapping, HW-SW Interfaces and Reconfigurable computing
6. System on Chip (SoC): Security of IP cores
7. On-chip interconnect and MPSoC
8. Real-Time Embedded Systems
9. Low-power ES
10. Software for Embedded Systems
Independent Lab Assignments: FPGA based design tools (Xilinx and Synopsys) for system design. Additional tools from Mentor Graphics will be used for Embedded System Design. Access to Lab in 514A is available on request.
Grading: Test (25%), Projects: (50%), Term-paper/Seminar/Assignments: (25%) Please follow the links for details.
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Instructor: Rabi Mahapatra, Phone: 5-5787, 520B HR Bright, firstname.lastname@example.org