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.
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students. You will be responsible for checking your e-mail regularly
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This course uses the class web page and Blackboard to distribute
course materials, to communicate and collaborate online, to submit
assignments and to post solutions and grades. You will be responsible
for checking the class web page and the Blackboard course site
regularly for class work and announcements. As with all computer
systems, there are occasional scheduled downtimes as well as
unanticipated disruptions. Notification of disruptions will be posted
on the Blackboard login page. Scheduled downtimes are not an excuse
for late work. However, if there is an unscheduled downtime for a
significant period of time, I will make an adjustment if it occurs
close to the due date.
The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 471-5259, http://ddce.utexas.edu/disability/.
Religious holy days sometimes conflict with class and examination
schedules. If you miss an examination, work assignment, or other
project due to the observance of a religious holy day you will be
given an opportunity to complete the work missed within a reasonable
time after the absence. It is the policy of The University of Texas
at Austin that you must notify each of your instructors at least
fourteen days prior to the classes scheduled on dates you will be
absent to observe a religious holy day.
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