Evaluating Simulink HDL coder as a framework for flexible and modular hardware description
Author(s)Sarge, Valerie Youngmi
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Paul Monticciolo and Vivienne Sze.
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This thesis investigates the performance and viability of Simulink and HDL Coder from MathWorks as an alternative workflow for producing hardware description. Several designs were implemented towards this end. An FFT-based signal analyzer served as a pathfinding application to better understand the tools. In order to directly evaluate the ability of the workflow to faithfully recreate hardware operations, an existing architecture for nonlinear equalization was re-implemented and benchmarked. Finally, a new implementation of polynomial nonlinear equalization was created and benchmarked to explore the possible performance, parameterizability, and flexibility of hardware generated from a Simulink design. It was found that while the generated hardware does not perform quite as well as a hand-optimized design, it does perform well enough to be practical and also can be capable of greater flexibility in structure than a design created with a more traditional workflow.
Thesis: M. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, 2018.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (page 53).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.