Smart systems implement the leading technology advances in the context of embedded devices. Current design methodologies are not suitable to deal with tightly interacting subsystems of different technological domains, namely analog, digital, discrete and power devices, MEMS and power sources. The interaction effects between the components and between the environment and the system must be modeled and simulated at system level to achieve high performance. Focusing on digital subsystem, additional design constraints have to be considered as a result of the integration of multi-domain subsystems in a single device. The main digital design challenges combined with those emerging from the heterogeneous nature of the whole system directly impact on performance, hence propagation delay, of the digital component. In this paper we propose a design approach to enhance the RTL model of a given digital component for the integration in smart systems, and a methodology to verify the added features at system-level. The design approach consists of ``augmenting'' the RTL model through the automatic insertion of delay sensors, which are capable of detecting and correcting timing failures. The verification methodology consists of an automatic flow of two steps. Firstly the augmented model is abstracted to system-level (i.e., SystemC TLM); secondly mutants, which are code mutations to emulate timing failures, are automatically injected into the abstracted model. Experimental results demonstrate the applicability of the proposed design and verification methodology and the effectiveness of the simulation performance.

A Cross-level Verification Methodology for Digital IPs Augmented with Embedded Timing Monitors

GUARNIERI, Valerio;BOMBIERI, Nicola;FUMMI, Franco;
2014

Abstract

Smart systems implement the leading technology advances in the context of embedded devices. Current design methodologies are not suitable to deal with tightly interacting subsystems of different technological domains, namely analog, digital, discrete and power devices, MEMS and power sources. The interaction effects between the components and between the environment and the system must be modeled and simulated at system level to achieve high performance. Focusing on digital subsystem, additional design constraints have to be considered as a result of the integration of multi-domain subsystems in a single device. The main digital design challenges combined with those emerging from the heterogeneous nature of the whole system directly impact on performance, hence propagation delay, of the digital component. In this paper we propose a design approach to enhance the RTL model of a given digital component for the integration in smart systems, and a methodology to verify the added features at system-level. The design approach consists of ``augmenting'' the RTL model through the automatic insertion of delay sensors, which are capable of detecting and correcting timing failures. The verification methodology consists of an automatic flow of two steps. Firstly the augmented model is abstracted to system-level (i.e., SystemC TLM); secondly mutants, which are code mutations to emulate timing failures, are automatically injected into the abstracted model. Experimental results demonstrate the applicability of the proposed design and verification methodology and the effectiveness of the simulation performance.
Smart Systems; Transaction-level Modeling; verification
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