Model Transformations for the Compilation of Multi-processor Systems-on-Chip

  • Éric Piel
  • Philippe Marquet
  • Jean-Luc Dekeyser
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5235)


With the increase of amount of transistors which can be contained on a chip and the constant expectation for more sophisticated applications, the design of Systems-on-Chip (SoC) is more and more complex. In this paper, we present the use of model transformations in the context of SoC co-design. Both the hardware part and the software part of a SoC can be represented as a model using the MARTE standard from the OMG. We introduce the use of Model-Driven Engineering in order to generate executable code from a self-contained model of SoC.

First, we detail the restrictions and extensions we have brought to the MARTE profile in order to permit the complete description of the SoC as a model.

The compilation is a sequence of small and maintainable transformations that allows to pass gradually from a high-level description into models closer in abstraction to the final model, which is then converted into code. An in-depth view of one of the several transformation chains composing our tool is given. The implementation relies on the use of our experimental Java-based transformation engine which uses a hybrid declarative-imperative language.

We later discuss why model transformations fit better the compilation of the SoCs than traditional compilers. In particular, the re-use of transformations can greatly help with the fast evolution of SoC design, allowing development time reduction. Additionally, as each rule is small and relatively self-contained, their correctness is easier to ensure, which leads to more reliable compilation and indirectly more reliable SoCs.


Model Transformation Abstraction Level Object Management Group High Abstraction Level Transformation Engine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Éric Piel
    • 1
  • Philippe Marquet
    • 1
  • Jean-Luc Dekeyser
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA Lille – Nord Europe & LIFLUniversity of LilleFrance

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