A Model Driven Design Framework for High Performance Embedded Systems

Abdoulaye Gamatié 1, 2, * Sébastien Le Beux 1, 2 Éric Piel 1 Anne Etien 1, 2 Rabie Ben Atitallah 1, 2 Philippe Marquet 1, 2 Jean-Luc Dekeyser 1, 2
* Corresponding author
1 DART - Contributions of the Data parallelism to real time
LIFL - Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale de Lille, Inria Lille - Nord Europe
Abstract : Modern embedded systems integrate more and more complex functionalities. At the same time, the semiconductor technology advances enable to increase the amount of hardware resources on a chip for the execution. High performance embedded systems specifically deal with the optimized usage of such hardware resources to efficiently execute their functionalities. The design of high performance embedded systems mainly relies on the following challenging issues: first, how to deal with the parallelism in order to increase the performances; second, how to abstract their implementation details in order to manage their complexity; third, how to refine these abstract representations in order to produce efficient implementations. This paper presents the Gaspard design framework for high performance embedded systems as a solution to the above issues. Gaspard uses the repetitive Model of Computation (MoC), which offers a powerful expression of the parallelism available in both system functionality and architecture. Embedded systems are designed at a high abstraction level with the MARTE (Modeling and Analysis of Real-time and Embedded systems) standard profile, in which our repetitive MoC is described by the so-called Repetitive Structure Modeling (RSM) package. Based on the Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) paradigm, MARTE models are refined towards lower abstraction levels, which make possible the design space exploration. By combining all these capabilities, Gaspard allows the designers to automatically generate code for formal verification, simulation and hardware synthesis from high level specifications of high performance embedded systems. Its effectiveness is demonstrated with the design of an embedded system for a multimedia application.
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Abdoulaye Gamatié, Sébastien Le Beux, Éric Piel, Anne Etien, Rabie Ben Atitallah, et al.. A Model Driven Design Framework for High Performance Embedded Systems. [Research Report] RR-6614, INRIA. 2008, pp.47. 〈inria-00311115〉

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