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High Level Design of Hardware/Software Systems (Fall 2011)

Class Time Tuesdays and Fridays 3:25pm - 5:05pm
First Lecture Friday 09/09/2011
Location Kariotis Hall, Room 110

System complexities are growing exponentially driven by ever increasing application demands and technological advances that allow us to put complete multi-processor systems on a chip (MPSoCs). System-level design that jointly covers hardware and software is one approach to address the associated complexities in the design process and the market pressures. This course presents state-of-the-art methods, tools and techniques for system-level design and modeling of complete multi-processor systems from specification down to implementation across hardware-software boundaries. Using the SpecC language and the System-On-Chip Environment (SCE), we will specify, simulate, analyze, model and design hardware-software systems based on examples of typical embedded applications.

Sections: Video Streamed and On-Campus

This class is offered in two sections: on-campus lecture (12649 - V30) and video streaming (15750 - V35). Video streaming is a recorded video of the last lecture without real-time interaction. Blackboard discussion forums and office hours will be offered. Video streaming students are strongly encouraged to participate in on-campus lectures. This allows active participation in class discussions. Non-video streaming students will not have access to the lecture videos. Please note that international students can only enroll into 1 video streamed course per semester (please check with ISSI).



  • Overview of Embedded systems, electronic system-level (ESL) design
  • Models of Computation: FSMs, dataflow, process networks
  • Introduction to System-level design languages (SLDLs): SpecC, SystemC
  • Discrete event simulation semantics
  • Specification, profiling and analysis of HW/SW systems
  • System-level design methodologies and tools for:
    • Partitioning
    • Scheduling
    • Communication synthesis
  • System-level modeling:
    • Transaction-Level Modeling (TLM) for communication
    • Processor and RTOS modeling
  • Embedded hardware and software implementation: synthesis and cosimulation
  • System design examples and case studies.



  • EECE 7205 - Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
  • Working knowledge of C/C++, algorithms and data structures
  • Working knowledge of operating systems (preferably real-time operating systems)
  • Understanding of digital systems and computer architecture


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