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« Definition of a Service-Based Intermediate Representation for Virtual Prototyping of Systems-on-Chip ».

Author: A. Chureau
Advisor: A.-A. Jerraya
Co-advisor: F. Pétrot
President of jury: T. Risset
thesis reviewer(s): P. Boulet, E.M. Aboulhamid,
These de Doctorat Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble - INPG
Speciality: Micro et Nano Electronique
Defense: November 12 2008
ISBN: 978-2-84813-128-3


Multiprocessor system-on-chip architectures allow implementing more functions in software, which increases the number of interfaces between software and hardware. These interfaces have different representations within the models, depending on the level of abstraction : at high level, an abstract channel is used, whereas closer to the implementation, many adaptation and communication components are required. Mastering the software-hardware interface at many levels of abstraction is thus mandatory to master design complexity. In this thesis, the concept of service is used to abstract the communication and performance features of interfaces. A data structure allows capturing these features and developing tools for interface analysis and generation. A case study illustrates architecture exploration through the generation of SystemC virtual prototypes.

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