LYCOS: Embedded Systems Synthesis

  • Madsen, Jan (Project Manager)
  • Grode, Jesper Nicolai Riis (Project Participant)
  • Knudsen, Peter Voigt (Project Participant)
  • Petersen, Morten Elo (Project Participant)
  • Bjørn-Jørgensen, Peter (Project Participant)

    Project Details


    LYCOS is a research group at the Computer Systems Section (DTU) working with CAD supported design methodologies for developing emdedded computer systems.
    LYCOS is also the name of the framework in which all tools developed by the group are integrated.
    One of the most important problems in
    hardware/software codesign is the selection of the components that should comprise the target architecture and the mapping of the specification onto those components. Large heterogeneous systems are often composed of several components,
    such as microprocessors, dedicated hardware, external devices, and memories, interconnected by general or local buses, using a variety of communication protocols. Selecting the best combination of components is a prerequisite for
    ending up with the best result of the subsequent phases of the design process which include functional partitioning and
    hardware/software/communication synthesis.
    The aim of the LYCOS group is to develop CAD tools which support the designer in selecting a suitable target architecture for a given application by allowing the designer to explore the design space. In particular, we focus on:
    1) models, establishing a unified model for hardware and software which allows specification and analysis of embedded computer systems at various levels of abstraction.
    2) mappings, which allow for quantitative analysis of important properties, such as performance, cost, power dissipation, and resource utilization, all of which are important for the designer to tradeoff different design choices.
    3) experiments, to try out the tools and gain feedback by applying them on realistic design examples.
    Effective start/end date01/01/1994 → …


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