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This paper presents an architecture description language (ADL) called ArchC, which is an open-source SystemC-based language that is specialized for processor architecture description. Its main goal is to provide enough information, at the right level of abstraction, in order to allow users to explore and verify new architectures, by automatically generating(More)
This paper presents an architecture description language (ADL) called ArchC, which is an open-source SystemC-based language that is specialized for processor architecture description. Its main goal is to provide enough information, at the right level of abstraction, in order to allow users to explore and verify new architectures, by automatically generating(More)
The design of new architectures can be simplified with the use of retargetable instruction set simulation tools, which can validate the design decisions in the design exploration cycle with high flexibility and reduced cost. The growing system complexity makes the traditional approach inefficient for today's architectures. Compiled simulation techniques(More)
This paper presents the cache configuration exploration of a programmable system, in order to find the best matching between the architecture and a given application. Here, programmable systems composed by processor and memories may be rapidly simulated making use of ArchC, an Architecture Description Language (ADL) based on Sys-temC. Initially designed to(More)
Electronic system level (ESL) modeling allows early hardware-dependent software (HDS) development. Due to broad CPU diversity and shrinking time-to-market, HDS development can neither rely on hand-retargeting binary tools, nor can it rely on pre-existent tools within standard packages. As a consequence, binary utilities which can be easily adapted to new(More)
This paper presents the use of the ArchC Architecture Description Language (ADL) as a support tool for computer architecture courses. ArchC enables students to perform several experiments using its automatically generated SystemC simulators, covering topics from simple single-cycle (functional) models to pipeline and memory hierarchy simulation. We show how(More)
—A standard design methodology for embedded processors today is the system-on-a-chip design with potentially multiple heterogeneous processing elements on a chip, such as a very long instruction word (VLIW) processor, digital signal processor (DSP), and field-programmable gate array. To be able to program these devices, we need compilers that are capable of(More)
In this paper, we extend the ArchC language with new constructs to describe the assembly language syntax and operand encoding of an instruction set architecture. Based on the extended language we have created a tool which can automatically generate assemblers. Our tool uses the GNU Binutils framework in order to produce the assembler, generating the(More)
This paper[3.5pc] presents the Platform Designer (PD) framework, a set of Sys-temC based tools that provide support for modeling, simulation and analysis of multipro-cessor SoC platforms (MPSoC), at different abstraction levels. PD provides mechanisms for interconnection specification, process synchronization and communication, thus allowing the modeling of(More)