A Systematic Approach to Exploring Embedded System Architectures at Multiple Abstraction Levels

Abstract

Sesame is a software framework that aims at devel- oping a modeling and simulation environment for the efficient de- sign space exploration of heterogeneous embedded systems. Since Sesame recognizes separate application and architecture models within a single system simulation, it needs an explicit mapping step to relate these models for cosimulation. The design tradeoffs during the mapping stage, namely, the processing time, power consump- tion, and architecture cost, are captured by a multiobjective non- linear mixed integer program. This paper aims at investigating the performance of multiobjective evolutionary algorithms (MOEAs) on solving large instances of the mapping problem. With two com- parative case studies, it is shown that MOEAs provide the designer with a highly accurate set of solutions in a reasonable amount of time. Additionally, analyses for different crossover types, mutation usage, and repair strategies for the purpose of constraints handling are carried out. Finally, a number of multiobjective optimization results are simulated for verification.

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In IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, pp. 358-374, Vol. 10 (No. 3)
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