Hardware/Software Communication Middleware for Data Adaptable Embedded Systems

TitleHardware/Software Communication Middleware for Data Adaptable Embedded Systems
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsMahadevan, S, Gopinath, V, Lysecky, R, Sprinkle, J, Rozenblit, J, Marcellin, M
Conference NameProceedings of the 18th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on Engineering of Computer-Based Systems
PublisherIEEE Computer Society Press

Recent trends toward increased flexibility and configurability in emerging applications present demanding challenges for implementing systems that incorporate such capabilities. The resulting application configuration space is generally much larger than any one hardware implementation can support. We provide an overview of a new data-adaptive approach to the rapid design and implementation of such highly configurable applications. In support of this data-adaptable approach, we present and detail an efficient and flexible hardware/software communication middleware to support the seamless communication between hardware and software tasks at runtime. We highlight the flexibility of this interface and present an initial case study and results demonstrating the performance capabilities and area requirements.