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Simulink based Hardware-Software Codesign Flow for Heterogeneous MPSoC

Author(s): K. Popovici, A. A. Jerraya

Doc. Source: Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC'07)

Publisher: ACM IEEE

Pages: 497-504

SystemC based design methodology has been widely adopted for heterogeneous multiprocessor System on Chip (MPSoC) design. However, SystemC is hardware-oriented language and it is not the standard language used by designers to specify complex applications at algorithm level. On the other hand, Simulink is a popular choice for algorithm designer to specify complex system, but there are few design tools to implement Simulink models on MPSoC. To deal with the increasing complexity of embedded applications and MPSoC architectures, concurrent hardware/software design and verification at different abstraction levels is an essential technique. In this paper, we present a Simulink-SystemC based multiprocessor SoC design flow that enables mixed hardware/software refinement and simulation at different abstraction levels in addition to opening new facilities like communication mapping exploration and interconnection component refinement. We applied the proposed approach for software and communication architecture refinement for three multimedia applications: MP3, Motion JPEG and H.264.