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Software and System Development using Virtual Platforms by Jakob Engblom, Daniel Aarno

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Chapter 1

Introduction

Chapter 1 explains why virtual platforms and full-system simulation like Simics is a critical tool for developing today’s complex computer-based systems. It describes how Simics helps deliver new solutions faster, and develop, debug, and maintain evermore complex systems throughout the lifecycle of a product. The chapter provides a high-level overview of why and where Simics is being applied to solve problems for software and system developers.

Keywords

virtual platform; product lifecycle; shift left; model-driven development; continuous integration; pre-silicon

Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it.

—Alan Perlis, Epigrams on Programming, 1982

In just a few years, electronic systems ...

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