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MOGAC: a multiobjective genetic algorithm for the co-synthesis of hardware-software embedded systems

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2 Author(s)
R. P. Dick ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Princeton Univ., NJ, USA ; N. K. Jha

We present a hardware-software co-synthesis system, called MOGAC, that partitions and schedules embedded system specifications consisting of multiple periodic task graphs. MOGAC synthesizes real-time heterogeneous distributed architectures using an adaptive multiobjective genetic algorithm that can escape local minima. Price and power consumption are optimized while hard real-time constraints are met. MOGAC places no limit on the number of hardware or software processing elements in the architectures it synthesizes. Our general model for bus and point-to-point communication links allows a number of link types to be used in an architecture. Application-specific integrated circuits consisting of multiple processing elements are modeled. Heuristics are used to tackle multi-rate systems, as well as systems containing task graphs whose hyperperiods are large relative to their periods. The application of a multiobjective optimization strategy allows a single co-synthesis run to produce multiple designs which trade off different architectural features. Experimental results indicate that MOGAC has advantages over previous work in terms of solution quality and running time.

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Computer-Aided Design, 1997. Digest of Technical Papers., 1997 IEEE/ACM International Conference on

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9-13 Nov. 1997