MPS-CAN Analyzer

MPS-CAN Analyzer (a freeware tool developed by us) is a response time analyzer for Mixed Periodic and Sporadic messages in Controller Area Network (CAN). It implements a number of response-time analyses for CAN addressing various queueing policies, buffer limitations in the CAN controllers, and various transmission modes implemented by higher-level protocols for CAN. It also integrates the response-time analysis for Ethernet AVB and CAN-to-Ethernet AVB Gateway.

Rubus-ICE

A commercial tool suite developed by Arcticus Systems and used in the vehicle industry to which we have contributed.

Rubus ICE (Integrated Component Model Development Environment which we have contributed to) provides an integrated environment for model-driven software development of applications ranging from small time-critical embedded systems to very large mixed time-critical and non-time critical embedded systems.

MECHAniSer

A freeware tool suite developed by Matthias Becker to support design and analysis of cause-effect chains in automotive systems.

CoMA

We have developed the Configurable Many-core Accelerator (CoMA) for (FPGA-based) embedded systems. Its architecture comprises an array of processing and I/O-specialized cores interconnected by NoC. The I/O cores provide the connectivity with other system components through the industry-standard Advanced eXtensible Interface (AXI) bus. In a typical design flow, an application is partitioned and the most compute-demanding tasks are executed on the accelerator. With the proposed approach, the details of task synchronization and I/O access of the accelerator are hidden by an abstraction layer. Task partitioning is left to the designer, thus allowing more flexibility during application development than with automatized partitioning. The high level view of the system leverages the customization of the accelerator on an application basis. This way, CoMA promotes the development of many-core solutions for highly specialized applications.

CGRA

The increasing speed and performance requirements of multimedia and mobile applications, coupled with the demands for flexibility and low non-recurring engineering costs, have made reconfigurable hardware a very popular implementation platform. We have developed a Coarse Grained Reconfigurable Architectures (CGRA), provide operator level configurable functional blocks, word level data paths, and very area- efficient routing switches. Compared to the fine-grained architectures (like FPGAs), the CGRA not only requires lesser configuration memory and time but also achieves a significant reduction in area and energy consumed per computation, at the cost of a loss in flexibility compared to bit-level operations. Our CGRA has been developed based on the the Dynamically Reconfigurable Resource Array (DRRA) composed of three main components: (i) system controller, (ii) computation layer, and (iii) memory layer. For each hosted application in CGRA, a separate partition can be created in memory and computation layers. The partition is optimal in terms of energy, power, and reliability.