The UCR Dalton Project
IP-Based Embedded System Design
The Dalton project focuses on the design of Intellectual Property
(IP, or core) based embedded computing systems, i.e., systems-on-a-chip.
Its present focus is on a "parameterized system-on-a-chip design" approach.
In this approach, an application, such as a digital camera, is designed
first by selecting an existing reference design consisting of a collection
of predesign processor-level components (cores), second by repeatedly
configuring the programmable parts of those cores for the desired
application (e.g., writing software and setting parameter values) and
executing the design to verify functionality, and finally by generating
final chip. Our current emphasis is on devising a methodology and
tools to support the exploration of the impact of various parameter
values (e.g., cache size, bus size, DMA block transfer size, arbiter
schemes, etc.) on design metrics like power and performance, so that
a designer can "tune" the architecture to a specific application (and
vice-versa). We are also working on developing new architectural
constructs specifically intended for such tuning, as well as methods
for an architecture to tune itself.
The project is being carried out in the
Department of Computer Science and
Engineering at the University of California, Riverside,
under the direction of Prof.
Frank Vahid. The project is named after the chemist
We are releasing some of the items that we've developed as part of
the project, with the hopes they will be useful to others.
Here you'll find online versions of most publications stemming from the
A couple other release items
These items are not as robust as the releases above, but you still might
find them useful.
These are mostly for our own internal use, but you're welcome to
look at them.
This work has been supported in part by grants from the National Science
Foundation (CCR-9811164, CCR-9876006 and CCR-0203829).
NSF-required disclaimer: Any opinions, findings and conclusions or
recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)
and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science
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