A Mips Cruncher for a Distributed Concurrent Heterogeneous Simulation System


CHESS - 6498

Keywords VHDL, parallel architectures, distributed-time simulation, system simulation


Start Date: 01-JUN-92 / Duration: 16 months

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Objectives

The objective of CHESS is to analyse the feasibility and application potential of a VHDL simulation system capable of 20 000 VHDL events per second per mips. The project is mainly focused on system level VHDL descriptions, considering not only a single IC but also a system composed of different components. The approach to the design of the simulation system is innovative under two aspects:

Progress and Results

The project has produced results in three different areas:

Benchmarking and Modelling

A benchmark suite to define the target application area. This suite reflects industrial needs and will be used as a test pattern for the other activities of the project. The benchmark suit is fundamental for the evaluation of different architectural alternatives and for the analysis of the most promising simulation algorithms.

VHDL Simulation Environment

A set of kernel tools for a VHDL simulation environment that could be retargetable for a wide range of parallel machines. These tools include a complete VHDL-to-C compiler, a set of run-time routines, a sequential simulation kernel, and a parallel simulation kernel supporting conservative and optimistic distributed-time algorithms.

Analysis and Evaluation

An analysis system to evaluate the amount of parallelism which is available in a VHDL simulation. The main tool is based on the analysis of execution traces obtained by commercial simulators, and its results will be used to guide the definition of the simulation architecture.


CONTACT POINT

Dr A. de Gloria
Università di Genova
Dept. of Biophysical & Electronic
Engineering
Via Opera Pia 11/A
I - 16145 Genova
tel: + 39 / 10-353-2785
fax: + 39 / 10-353-2795
telex: 2722399 DIEGE I

Participants

UNIVERSITA DI GENOVA - I - C
DAISY-CADNETIX (UK) - UK - P
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT - NL - P
ITALTEL SIT - I - P
SICAN - D - P


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CHESS - 6498, December 1993


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