Transformative Hardware Design Following the Model-Driven Architecture Vision

Zhao Han, Gabriel Rutsch, Deyan Wang, Bowen Li, Sebastian Siegfried Prebeck, Daniela Sanchez Lopera, Keerthikumara Devarajegowda, Wolfgang Ecker

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Despite the high configurability of IPs and hardware generators, code modifications are still required to introduce aspect-oriented instrumentation to satisfy emerging aspectual design requirements such as on-chip debug and functional safety. These code modifications escalate development, verification efforts, and deteriorate code reuse. This paper proposes a highly efficient transformative hardware design methodology that leverages graph-grammar-based model transformations. Following the proposed methodology, main design functionalities and aspectual instrumentation are separately developed, automatically integrated, and verified. To demonstrate the applicability, industrial SoCs were transformed to support on-chip debug. Compared to the manual RTL coding, the proposed transformative methodology needed less than 32x Lines of Code (LoC) to develop and integrate the aspectual instrumentation. In particular, our approach enables high code reusability, as the implementation of the transformation script is a one-time effort, and can be applied to all evaluated SoCs. This high LoC gain and code reuse promote the overall productivity of digital design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVLSI-SoC
Subtitle of host publicationTechnology Advancement on SoC Design - 29th IFIP WG 10.5/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration, VLSI-SoC 2021, Revised and Extended Selected Papers
EditorsVictor Grimblatt, Chip Hong Chang, Anupam Chattopadhyay, Ricardo Reis, Andrea Calimera
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9783031168178
StatePublished - 2022
Event29th IFIP WG 10.5/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration, VLSI-SoC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 4 Oct 20218 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume661 IFIP
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X


Conference29th IFIP WG 10.5/IEEE International Conference on Very Large Scale Integration, VLSI-SoC 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Aspect-oriented programming
  • Electronic design automation
  • Model-driven architecture


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