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Petri Nets modeling in pipelined microprocessor design

  • Qian Zhang
  • Herbert Grünbacher
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 691)

Abstract

In this paper, we propose a Petri nets modeling approach to support the design of pipelined processors. During the design process from instruction set to register transfer level (RTL), Petri nets are well suited to organize designer's ideas, illustrate processor structures, and present pipeline activities graphically. Early simulation helps error detection and evolution of the design. We first introduce how a block diagram may be modeled in marked timed Petri nets. The dynamic behavior of the model is then studied. Many pipeline design problems are directly visible from the simulation results. Rules for the assignment of initial markings of Petri Nets for synchronous circuits are given. Mapping Petri Net models to RTL models is shown. A RISC-like microprocessor with 30 instructions is used as an example.

Keywords

Clock Cycle Program Counter Register Transfer Level Input Place Pipeline Design 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Qian Zhang
    • 1
  • Herbert Grünbacher
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Technische InformatikVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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