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Mahler: Sketch-Based Model-Driven Virtual Prototyping

  • Rafael Rosales
  • Michael Glaß
  • Jürgen Teich
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8350)

Abstract

Virtual prototyping and Electronic System Level (ESL) modeling have become valuable resources to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of embedded systems. Their effectiveness, however, is highly dependent on their quick development time and accuracy, both conflicting goals. In this paper, we present a novel tool, Mahler, to accelerate the development of ESL models. Mahler provides an early design phase playground to manually explore the modeling of functionality at a high level of abstraction and analyze its performance on different architecture implementations very fast. It generates a ready-to-execute source code functional model in an open source SystemC-based language, bridging the gap between a design’s very preliminary stage and a more mature design stage that can serve as a starting point for automatic design space exploration on existing ESL design flows. Mahler achieves this through the most natural interface: the designer’s pen, enabling an intuitive model-driven creation of virtual prototypes following the Y-chart approach; literally sketching actor-oriented functional models at the ESL which are then mapped to the architecture platform for a simulation-based evaluation of power and performance. We demonstrate its advantage in terms of improved design productivity through the implementation of an MPEG-4 encoder virtual prototype.

Keywords

Virtual Prototyping Tool ESL Simulation-based Performance and Power Consumption evaluation Energy Aware Design Model-Driven Design Sketch-based User Interface 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rafael Rosales
    • 1
  • Michael Glaß
    • 1
  • Jürgen Teich
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Erlangen-NurembergGermany

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