Computer Laboratory

Course pages 2011–12

System on Chip Design and Modelling

Assessed Exercises 2011/12

The assessed work consists of Exercises 1 to 4 listed below, which have target deadlines assigned during the Lent Term and a mini project and structured essay that may be completed over the Easter Vacation. Exercises 1-4 will be quickly marked and returned to you during term. Re-submission to get a higher mark is allowed at any point up to the final deadline at the start of the Easter Term.

The total credit available is 100 marks.

For each of exercises 1-4, first do the requested practical work sheet. Some questions are provided at the end of each sheet which must each be answered in one or two sentences. Please hand in a short report to Student Admin that includes source file listings for files you have created, illustrative output from simulations that demonstrate your result and the answers to the questions. The written part of your report and question answers together should not exceed two pages. The work sheets will be put online, below, about ten days before the work is due to be handed in.

  • Exercise 0: (Christmas Vacation Work): Please ensure you can run the get-you-started "hello world" example in TOOLINFO. Please try to understand every aspect of it. A fairly good knowledge of C++ and the options to the C++ compiler and linker will be needed. Knowledge of makefiles and CVS will also be helpful. If you have your own machine running 64bit linux then getting SystemC running on that may be useful. Also, please take a good look at the vacation slide pack : VACATION READING. Deadline: Please try to complete in advance of the first practical session. Credit: 0 Marks.

  • Exercise 1: Basic RTL I/O device.

    A simple RTL design is provided in Verilog consisting of a pair of communicating components. The task is to re-encode one of the components using RTL-like SYSTEMC. Link to work sheet is HERE. Deadline: 10:00am Weds 1st February 2012: 5 Marks.

  • Exercise 2: TLM model of same I/O device. On-chip message passing API.

    The design from exercise 1 is implemented again in SystemC, but using a transactional modelling style. Link to work sheet is HERE. Deadline: 10:00am Friday 10th February 2012: 5 Marks.

  • Exercise 3:

    Implement a basic I/O device or co-processor as a TLM model and/or a device driver and test program to exercise it. Working in pairs is allowed, with one person writing the application code and the other writing the TLM model. Make it clear who did what. Link to work sheet is HERE. Deadline: 10:00am Weds 29th February 2012: 15 Marks.

  • Exercise 4: Investigation of performance, power, area trade offs. Link to work sheet is HERE. Deadline: 10:00am Weds 29th February 2012: 15 Marks.

  • Exercise 5: Mini-Project Specification

    Please submit your plans and progress so far for your mini-project. These should have been discussed with D Greaves in advance. Link to work sheet HERE. Deadline: 10:00am Weds 14th March 2012: 0 Marks.

  • Easter Vacation: Mini-Project and Structured Essay

    Mini-Project: Conduct novel practical work according to the specification agreed in Exercise 5 and write it up in a style suitable for publication in Electronics Times or Design and Reuse. Credit 35 Marks.

    Research Essay: Title 'SoC Design and Modelling'. Write a research essay strictly according to the provided structure that uses the mini-project as a worked example as much as possible. Credit 25 Marks.

    Link to work sheet is HERE.

    Deadline: Both due first day Easter Full Term, Tuesday 24th April '11. Collaborating is not allowed for the Research Essay and is only allowed for any parts of the mini-project that are borrowed from the term-time work or with express permission that will only be granted if the nature of the collaboration will enable individual contributions to be clearly discriminated.

© David Greaves 2012.