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In this paper, we present a design methodology for automatic platform generation of future heterogeneous systems where communication happens via the network-on-chip (NoC) approach. As a novel contribution, we consider explicitly the information about the user experience into a design flow which aims at minimizing the workload variance; this allows the system to better adapt to different types of user needs and workload variations. More specifically, we first collect various user traces from various applications and generate specific clusters using machine learning techniques. For each cluster of such user traces, depending on the architectural parameters extracted from high-level specifications, we propose an optimization method to generate the NoC system architecture. Finally, we validate the user-centric design space exploration using realistic traces and compare it to the traditional NoC design methodology.
Date of Conference: 20-24 April 2009