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Communication architecture simulation on the virtual synchronization framework [abstract]
Taewook Oh, Youngmin Yi, and Soonhoi Ha
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Systems, Architectures, Modeling and Simulation (SAMOS), 2007.

As multi-processor system-on-chip (MPSoC) has become an effective solution to ever-increasing design complexity of modern embedded systems, fast and accurate HW/SW cosimulation of such system becomes more important to explore wide design space of communication architecture. Recently we have proposed the trace-driven virtual synchronization technique to boost the cosimulation speed while accuracy is almost preserved, where simulation of communication architectures is separated from simulation of the processing components. This paper proposes two methods of simulation modeling of communication architectures in the trace-driven virtual synchronization framework: SystemC modeling and C modeling. SystemC modeling gives better extensibility and accuracy but lower performance than C modeling as confirmed by experimental results. Fast reconfiguration of communication architecture is available in both methods to enable efficient design space exploration.