Debugging at the Electronic System Level

  • Frank Rogin
  • Rolf Drechsler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 1-8
  3. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 9-31
  4. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 33-69
  5. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 71-104
  6. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 105-141
  7. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 143-163
  8. Frank Rogin, Rolf Drechsler
    Pages 165-168
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 169-199

About this book


Debugging becomes more and more the bottleneck to chip design productivity, especially while developing modern complex integrated circuits and systems at the Electronic System Level (ESL). Today, debugging is still an unsystematic and lengthy process. Here, a simple reporting of a failure is not enough, anymore. Rather, it becomes more and more important not only to find many errors early during development but also to provide efficient methods for their isolation. In Debugging at the Electronic System Level the state-of-the-art of modeling and verification of ESL designs is reviewed. There, a particular focus is taken onto SystemC. Then, a reasoning hierarchy is introduced. The hierarchy combines well-known debugging techniques with whole new techniques to improve the verification efficiency at ESL. The proposed systematic debugging approach is supported amongst others by static code analysis, debug patterns, dynamic program slicing, design visualization, property generation, and automatic failure isolation. All techniques were empirically evaluated using real-world industrial designs. Summarized, the introduced approach enables a systematic search for errors in ESL designs. Here, the debugging techniques improve and accelerate error detection, observation, and isolation as well as design understanding.


ESL Debugging Electronic System Level (ESL) SystemC debugging techniques design automation electronic design automation integrated circuit

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Rogin
    • 1
  • Rolf Drechsler
    • 2
  1. 1.Integrierte Schaltungen, Institutsteil EntwurfsautomatisierungFraunhofer -Institut furDresdenGermany
  2. 2.AG RechnerarchitekturUniversität BremenBremenGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9254-0
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9255-7
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