Co-design for System Acceleration

A Quantitative Approach

  • Nadia Nedjah
  • Luiza De Macedo Mourelle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Pages 1-8
  3. Pages 29-51
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 185-229

About this book


In Co-Design for System Acceleration, we are concerned with studying the co-design methodology, in general, and how to determine the more suitable interface mechanism in a co-design system, in particular. This will be based on the characteristics of the application and those of the target architecture of the system. We provide guidelines to support the designer's choice of the interface mechanism. The content of Co-Design for System Acceleration is divided into eight chapters. We present co-design as a methodology for the integrated design of systems implemented using both hardware and software components. This includes high-level synthesis and the new technologies available for its implementation. The physical co-design system is then presented. The development route adopted is discussed and the target architecture described. The relation between the execution times and the interface mechanisms is analyzed. In order to investigate the performance of the co-design system for different characteristics of the application and of the architecture, we developed a VHDL model of our co-design system. The timing characteristics of the system are introduced, that is times for parameter passing and bus arbitration for each interface mechanism, together with their handshake completion times. The relation between the coprocessor memory accesses and the interface mechanisms is then studied. Several memory configurations are presented and studied: single-port memory, dual-port memory and cache memory. We also introduce some new trends in co-design and system acceleration.


Co-design DRAM Embedded Systems Hardware Hardwarebeschreibungssprache Intelligent Systems Interface Random Access Memory System Architecture System-on-Chip architecture configuration organization processor

Authors and affiliations

  • Nadia Nedjah
    • 1
  • Luiza De Macedo Mourelle
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Electronics Engineering and TelecommunicationsState University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil
  2. 2.Department of Systems Engineering and ComputationState University of Rio de JaneiroBrazil

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-5545-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-5546-1
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