Smart Systems represent a broad class of intelligent, miniaturized devices incorporating functionality like sensing, actuation, and control. In order to support these functions, they must include sophisticated and heterogeneous components, such as sensors and actuators, multiple power sources and storage devices, digital signal processing, and wireless connectivity. The high degree of heterogeneity typical of smart systems has a heavy impact on their design: the challenges are not in fact restricted to their functionality, but are also related to a number of extra-functional properties, including power consumption, temperature and aging. Current simulation- or model-based design approaches do not target a smart system as a whole, but rather single domains (digital, analog, power devices, etc.) or properties. This paper tries to overcome this limitation by proposing a framework for the concurrent simulation of both functionality and such extra-functional properties. The latter are modeled as different information flows, managed by dedicated “virtual buses” and formalized through the adoption of IPXACT. SystemC, through the support of physical and continuous time modeling provided by its Analog and Mixed Signal (AMS) extension, is used to implement both functional and extrafunctional models. Experimental results show the efficiency, accuracy and modularity of the proposed approach on an example case study, in which substantial speedups with respect to standard model-based design tools go along with a very high degree of accuracy (< 10−5%). Furthermore, the case study highlights that the proposed framework allows to easily capture at run time the mutual impact of properties, e.g., in case of power and temperature.

A Layered Methodology for the Simulation of Extra-Functional Properties in Smart Systems

FUMMI, Franco;
2017-01-01

Abstract

Smart Systems represent a broad class of intelligent, miniaturized devices incorporating functionality like sensing, actuation, and control. In order to support these functions, they must include sophisticated and heterogeneous components, such as sensors and actuators, multiple power sources and storage devices, digital signal processing, and wireless connectivity. The high degree of heterogeneity typical of smart systems has a heavy impact on their design: the challenges are not in fact restricted to their functionality, but are also related to a number of extra-functional properties, including power consumption, temperature and aging. Current simulation- or model-based design approaches do not target a smart system as a whole, but rather single domains (digital, analog, power devices, etc.) or properties. This paper tries to overcome this limitation by proposing a framework for the concurrent simulation of both functionality and such extra-functional properties. The latter are modeled as different information flows, managed by dedicated “virtual buses” and formalized through the adoption of IPXACT. SystemC, through the support of physical and continuous time modeling provided by its Analog and Mixed Signal (AMS) extension, is used to implement both functional and extrafunctional models. Experimental results show the efficiency, accuracy and modularity of the proposed approach on an example case study, in which substantial speedups with respect to standard model-based design tools go along with a very high degree of accuracy (< 10−5%). Furthermore, the case study highlights that the proposed framework allows to easily capture at run time the mutual impact of properties, e.g., in case of power and temperature.
Simulation
Power modeling and estimation
SystemC
System on chip
Extra-functional simulation
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