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Mixed Abstraction Level Hardware Synthesis from SDL for Rapid Prototyping

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Mixed Abstraction Level Hardware Synthesis from SDL for Rapid Prototyping
SDL is currently gaining interest as a system level specification language for HW/SW codesign. Automated synthesis of SDL in hardware so far had problems with its efficiency. The investigations on the resource usage of SDL-to-VHDL designs presented in this paper identify two key challenges: minimizing the overhead introduced by SDL process infrastructure, and choosing the appropriate synthesis method. This paper presents a framework for SDL hardware synthesis where VHDL code generation, high-level synthesis and RT-level synthesis are combined. A configurable run-time environment implements services like data handling and message passing in efficient, hand-coded library components, which take into account properties of the target architecture. For these components RT-level synthesis was found to be suitable. The behavior of each SDL process on the other hand is freely specified by the system designer. Depending on the type of application, i.e. complex dataoriented or control-oriented, ...
Oliver Bringmann, Wolfgang Rosenstiel, Annette Mut
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Year 1999
Where RSP
Authors Oliver Bringmann, Wolfgang Rosenstiel, Annette Muth, Georg Färber, Frank Slomka, Richard Hofmann
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