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Application-Specific Architecture Compilation

Objective

The ASAC project explored techniques for the creation of system-level design tools to ensure optimisation of hardware performance and hardware/software partitioning.
The project explored techniques for the creation of system level design tools to ensure optimization of hardware performance and hardware/software partitioning. Work was targeted on producing an optimized, fully detailed and documented plan for achieving the final project goals, which were to develop a set of computer aided design (CAD) tools to allow systems designers to:
specify and design concurrent hardware/software systems;
build explicit models of the environment in which the target system will work;
support top down methodologies (global architectural design, trade offs, global performance model, etc);
support bottom up methodologies (performance verification, explicit building of system parts, etc).
The goal of the one-year definition phase was to achieve a joint understanding between all partners of system design problems; this would form the basis upon which to define the requirements for CAD tools and systems at the system design level.

Work was targeted on producing an optimised, fully detailed and documented plan for achieving the final project goals, which were to develop a set of CAD tools to allow systems designers to:

- specify and design concurrent hardware/software systems
- build explicit models of the environment in which the target system will work
- support top-down methodologies (global architectural design, trade-offs, global performance model, etc)
- support bottom-up methodologies (performance verification, explicit building of system parts, etc).

Coordinator

International Computers Ltd (ICL)
Address
Icl House 1 High Street
SW15 1SW London
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

Bull SA
France
Address
Tour Bull 1 Place Carpeaux
92800 Puteaux
HITEC
Greece
Address
Messogion Av. - Cholargos, 204
15561 Athenes
INSTITUTO DE ENGENHARIA DE SISTEMAS E COMPUTADORES
Portugal
Address
Apartado 10105, Rua Alves Redol, 9
1017 Lisboa
Ingegneria C Olivetti and Co SpA
Italy
Address
Via G Jervis
10015 Ivrea
SGS THOMSON MICROELECTRONICS SA
France
Address
7 Avenue Gallieni
92253 Gentilly
Siemens AG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 München
TELECOM PARIS
France
Address
46 Rue Barrault
75634 Paris
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
United Kingdom
Address
Sackville Street
M60 1QD Manchester
Université de Montpellier II (Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc)
France
Address
Place Eugène Bataillon
34060 Montpellier