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Designing SOCs with Configured Cores by Steve Leibson

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5.13. MPSOC Architectural-Design Tools

There are several key system-level questions involved in designing an MPSOC based on configurable processors:

  • How many processors are needed?

  • How should these processors be configured and extended?

  • Should the multiple processors be homogeneous or heterogeneous?

  • How should the processors communicate? Standard buses? Network on chip (NoC)? Point to point?

  • What is the right concurrency model? Pipelined? Dataflow? Multithreading?

  • How can software developers extract concurrency from application software?

  • How should applications be partitioned to best meet design goals?

  • How can the design space encompassing multiple configurable processors, new inter-processor communications architectures, and memory choices best be ...

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