Introduction and Motivation.- Defining Application Benchmarks.- Identifying the Architectural Design Space.- Describing Programmable Platforms.- Exploration of the Design Space.- Deployment of Programmable Platforms.- Conclusion.
An increasing number of system designers are using ASIP's rather than ASIC's to implement their system solutions. Building ASIPs: The Mescal Methodology gives a simple but comprehensive methodology for the design of these application-specific instruction processors (ASIPs).
The key elements of this methodology are:
Judiciously using benchmarking
Inclusively identifying the architectural space
Efficiently describing and evaluating the ASIPs
Comprehensively exploring the design space
Successfully deploying the ASIP
This book includes demonstrations of applications of the methodologies using the Tipi research framework as well as state-of-the-art commercial toolsets from CoWare and Tensilica.
Uses benchmarking judiciously
Inclusively identifies the architectural space
Describes and evaluates the ASIPs efficiently
Comprehensively explores the design space
Successfully deploys the ASIP