Integrated System-Level Modeling of Network-on-Chip enabled Multi-Processor Platforms [electronic resource] / by Tim Kogel, Rainer Leupers, Heinrich Meyr.Material type: TextLanguage: English Publisher: Dordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 2006Description: XIV, 186 p. online resourceContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781402048265Subject(s): Engineering | Software engineering | Computer simulation | Computer aided design | Electronics | Systems engineering | Engineering | Circuits and Systems | Electronics and Microelectronics, Instrumentation | Simulation and Modeling | Software Engineering/Programming and Operating Systems | Special Purpose and Application-Based Systems | Computer-Aided Engineering (CAD, CAE) and DesignAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 621.3815 LOC classification: TK7888.4Online resources: Click here to access online
Foreword. Preface -- 1. Introduction -- 2. Embedded SOC Applications -- 3. Classification of Platform Elements -- 4. System Level Design Principles -- 5. Related Work -- 6. Methodology Overview -- 7. Unified Timing Model -- 8. MP-SOC Simulation Framework -- 9. Case Study -- 10. Summary -- Appendices. A: The OSCI TLM Standard. B: The OCPIP TL3 Channel. C: The Architects View Framework -- List of Figures. List of Tables. References -- Index.
We are presently observing a paradigm change in designing complex SoC as it occurs roughly every twelve years due to the exponentially increasing number of transistors on a chip. This design discontinuity, as all previous ones, is characterized by a move to a higher level of abstraction. This is required to cope with the rapidly increasing design costs. While the present paradigm change shares the move to a higher level of abstraction with all previous ones, there exists also a key difference. For the ?rst time shrinking geometries do not leadtoacorrespondingincreaseofperformance. InarecenttalkLisaSuofIBM pointed out that in 65nm technology only about 25% of performance increase can be attributed to scaling geometries while the lion share is due to innovative processor architecture . We believe that this fact will revolutionize the entire semiconductor industry. What is the reason for the end of the traditional view of Moore’s law? It is instructive to look at the major drivers of the semiconductor industry: wireless communications and multimedia. Both areas are characterized by a rapidly increasingdemandofcomputationalpowerinordertoprocessthesophisticated algorithmsnecessarytooptimallyutilizethepreciousresourcebandwidth. The computational power cannot be provided by traditional processor architectures and shared bus type of interconnects. The simple reason for this fact is energy ef?ciency: there exist orders of magnitude between the energy ef?ciency of an algorithm implemented as a ?xed functionality computational element and of a software implementation on a processor.