Design Automation for Embedded Systems

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Applying SMT-based verification to hardware/software partitioning in embedded systems

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Abstract

When performing hardware/software co-design for embedded systems, the problem of which functions of the system should be implemented in hardware (HW) or in software (SW) emerges. This problem is known as HW/SW partitioning. Over the last 10 years, a significant research effort has been carried out in this area. In this paper, we present two new approaches to solve the HW/SW partitioning problem by using verification techniques based on satisfiability modulo theories (SMT). We compare the results using the traditional technique of integer linear programming, specifically binary integer programming and a modern method of optimization by genetic algorithm. The experimental results show that SMT-based verification techniques can be effective in particular cases to solve the HW/SW partition problem optimally using a state-of-the-art model checker based on SMT solvers, when compared against traditional techniques.

Keywords

Hardware/software co-design Embedded systems Partitioning  Binary integer programming Genetic algorithm  Formal verification 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electronic and Information Research CenterFederal University of Amazonas (UFAM)ManausBrazil

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