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An XML-Based ADL Framework for Automatic Generation of Multithreaded Computer Architecture Simulators

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3 Author(s)
Barnes, C. ; ECE Dept., IUPUI, Indianapolis, IN ; Vaidya, P. ; Lee, J.J.

Computer architecture simulation has always played a pivotal role in continuous innovation of computers. However, constructing or modifying a high quality simulator is time consuming and error-prone. Thus, often architecture description languages (ADLs) are used to provide an abstraction layer for describing the computer architecture and automatically generating corresponding simulators. Along the line of such research, we present a novel XML-based ADL, its compiler, and a generation methodology to automatically generate multithreaded simulators for computer architecture. We utilize the industry-standard extensible markup language XML to describe the functionality and architecture of a modeled processor. Our ADL framework allows users to easily and quickly modify the structure, register set, and execution of a modeled processor. To prove its validity, we have generated several multithreaded simulators with different configurations based on the MIPS five-stage processor, and successfully tested with two programs.

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Computer Architecture Letters  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 1 )

Date of Publication:

Jan. 2009

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