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Hardware and Software Co-simulation

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Hardware and Software Co-simulation

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With the increasing complexity of functionality and architecture in electronic systems, design and verification tasks are demanding more time in a product's cycle as much of the testing has to be done in a manual way: when working directly with a hardware platform, tracing errors in software is a slow and difficult process.

Hardware and software co-simulation is a technique that provides a way of virtualizing a hardware platform with the purpose of enabling a better behavioural visibility, thus providing an easier process of software verification. It allows the designer to have a clear overview of what is happening in the platform, and because of this, tracing and simulating errors to verify the software's interaction with the hardware peripherals becomes easier. Additionally, co-simulation techniques can be used to design software when there is only a working specification of all the physical modules in a platform but the hardware implementation is not yet ready, so the software coding can be started without having to wait for the hardware release.

The main reason for effectuating this research is to prove the feasibility of using virtual platforms for error tracing and software debugging purposes, and because of this, the objective is to analyse the fundamental implications of a hardware and software co-simulation environment: the general structure of a virtualised platform is explained for later discussing various approaches for achieving this task, together with the considerations implicit in the construction process. To demonstrate the benefits and constraints that a designer has to face when deciding for a co-simulation approach, a proof of concept implementation of a virtual platform is developed with the intention of having a more realistic feel of this technique.

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OrganisatieHZ University of Applied Sciences
OpleidingElektrotechniek
InstituutAcademie voor Technologie & Innovatie
PartnersOcé-Technologies B.V., Venlo
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Datum2012-06-15
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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