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A Model Driven Co-Design Approach for High Performance Embedded Systems Dedicated to Transport

Sébastien LE BEUX, Philippe MARQUET, Jean-Luc DEKEYSER
LIFL, INRIA Lille-Nord Europe and University of Lille, France

Abstract: This paper demonstrates that the Model Driven Engineering approach is reliable for the development of codesign environments dedicated to embedded systems. From a UML model of a data parallel application, the Gaspard environment is able to generate an hardware accelerator which executes the modeled application. All the potential parallelism of a given application is modeled in UML and is exploited in order to generate a powerful hardware system. Gaspard is dedicated to intensive signal processing applications. Therefore, many automotive sector applications could benefit of the Gaspard environment.

Keywords: Model Driven Engineering, embedded systems, data parallelism, FPGA, intensive signal processing.

Sébastien Le Beux is currently post-doctoral researcher at the École Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada. He received a PhD. in computer science from the University of Lille in 2007. His research interests include the design of parallel, embedded and reconfigurable architectures, model driven engineering and the mapping of intensive signal processing applications onto network on chip.

Philippe Marquet is currently an assistant professor at the University of Lille, France and a researcher within the INRIA, the French institute for research in computer science. Philippe MARQUET received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Lille in 1992. His research interests include the design of parallel, embedded and reconfigurable architectures, the definition of programming models, languages and compilers dedicated to parallel computing. He also worked on the definition and implementation of real-time operating systems for SMP architectures. He (co-)advised 10 Ph.D thesis.

Jean-Luc Dekeyser received his PhD degree in computer science from the University of Lille in 1986, he was a fellowship at CERN Geneva. After a few years at the Supercomputing Computation Research Institute in Florida State University, where he worked on high performance computing for Monté-Carlo methods in High Energy Physics, he joined in 1988 the University of Lille in France as an assistant professor. There he worked on data parallel paradigm and vector processing. He created a research group working on High Performance Computing in the CNRS lab in Lille. He is currently Professor in computer science at University of Lille. He is heading the DaRT INRIA project. His research interests include embedded systems, System on Chip co-design, high performance computing, model driven engineering.

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Sébastien LE BEUX, Philippe MARQUET, Jean-Luc DEKEYSER, A Model Driven Co-Design Approach for High Performance Embedded Systems Dedicated to Transport, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 17 (4), pp. 407-420, 2008.