Tool Integration and Interoperability Challenges of a System-Level Design Flow: A Case Study

  • Andy D. Pimentel
  • Todor Stefanov
  • Hristo Nikolov
  • Mark Thompson
  • Simon Polstra
  • Ed F. Deprettere
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5114)


Daedalus is a system-level design flow for the design of multiprocessor system-on-chip (MP-SoC) based embedded multimedia systems. It offers a fully integrated tool-flow in which design exploration, system-level synthesis, application mapping, and system prototyping of MP-SoC architectures are highly automated. In this paper, we describe Daedalus from a software perspective, explaining its supporting software infrastructure and the way the various tools interoperate. Moreover, we discuss the lack of support for achieving tool interoperability that we have encountered during the development of Daedalus, and present several ideas of future research directions to address this issue. More specifically, we argue that a so-called Common Design Flow Infrastructure (CDFI) for system-level design flows is needed to improve and stimulate research and development in the area of system-level design methodology.


Design Space Exploration Register Transfer Level Kahn Process Network Tool Interoperability Tool Infrastructure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy D. Pimentel
    • 1
  • Todor Stefanov
    • 2
  • Hristo Nikolov
    • 2
  • Mark Thompson
    • 1
  • Simon Polstra
    • 1
  • Ed F. Deprettere
    • 2
  1. 1.Computer Systems Architecture group Informatics InstituteUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Leiden Embedded Research CenterLeiden UniversityThe Netherlands

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