Embedded System Design and Modeling

EE382N.23, Unique: 16893
Semester: Fall 2015


Embedded computer systems are ubiquitous, integrated into many devices we interact with on a daily basis. With ever increasing application demands and advances in semiconductor technology, such systems are more than ever realized as application-specific, heterogeneous multi-processor systems-on-chip (MPSoCs). Exponentially growing complexities, tight constraints and rising chip design costs, however, have made traditional implementation approaches infeasible and instead demand novel, well-defined and formal methods for programming and design of complete systems across hardware and software boundaries.

This course covers theory and practice of system-level design of embedded multi-processor and multi-core systems. Focusing on the necessary modeling foundations to enable design automation, the course will present state-of-the-art methods and techniques for specification/programming, synthesis/compilation and performance modeling at the system level. In the labs, the SpecC and SystemC languages and the System-On-Chip Environment (SCE) will be used to specify, simulate, analyze, model and synthesize systems based on typical embedded application examples.

Catalog Description and Course Topics

Methods and techniques for formal specification, modeling, and electronic system-level (ESL) design of embedded systems:




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