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A Hardware-Software Operating System: Using Heterogeneous Resources through Common Abstractions
A Hardware-Software Operating System: Using Heterogeneous Resources through Common Abstractions
J.M. Moya Fernández; F. Moya; F. Rincón; J.C. López
Cenference: Design of Circuits and Integrated Systems
Location: Ciudad Real (España)
Date: 19/11/2003 - 21/11/2003
Pages: 487-491
ISBN: 84-87087-40-X
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Abstract
Current embedded systems are made of multiple heterogeneous devices interconnected. These devices present a great variation of functionality, performance, and interfaces. Therefore, it is difficult to build applications for these platforms. In this paper we present the notion of hardware-software operating systems to increase the abstraction level and to introduce component- based methodologies into hardware-software codesign. We make special emphasis on the use of simple, homogeneous interfaces to hide the inherent complexity of current designs. We show, with a detailed example, that the use of a hardware-software operating system does not imply a significant overhead.