High-Level System Modeling: Specification Languages / Edition 1

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The process of modeling hardware involves a certain duality: a model may specify and represent the desires and constraints of the designer, or it may imitate something that already exists, and can end in simulation or documentation.
Surprisingly enough, one of the main qualities of a specification formalism is its ability to ignore issues that do not belong to this level. Such formalisms are obviously intended for the first stages of a design, but can also be used in the process of redesign. Having a proper level of description thus avoids two symmetric problems:
• Overspecification, which would introduce new instances of the hardware constraints that were only meaningful to the previous ones;
• Underspecification, which would lead to unnecessary work and sometimes to starting again from scratch. £/LIST£ High-Level System Modeling: Specification Languages describes the state-of-the-art in specification formalisms in electronic design. The book provides an overview of object- oriented methodologies. It goes on to highlight several formalisms such as VSPEC, ESTELLE, SDL and LOTOS with methods that map their semantics to simulatable or synthesisable VHDL.
Audience: The essential update for researchers, design engineers and technical managers working in design automation and circuit design.

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An update of the latest thought in hardware modeling for researchers, design engineers, and technical managers working in design automation and circuit design. Distinguishes between models that represent the desires and constraints of the designer and those that imitate something that already exists and can end in simulation or documentation. Also warns against leaning too far either towards over-specification, which can perpetrate constraints that were only meaningful in previous versions, or towards under-specification, which might lead to unnecessary work or even starting from scratch if the deferred details simply will not fit into the holes left for them. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792396321
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Current Issues in Electronic Modeling Series , #3
  • Edition description: 1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Series presentation. Editors. Volume presentation. Contents. Contributors. 1. Specification-modeling methodologies for reactive-system design; A. Sarkar, et al. 2. Survey on languages for object oriented hardware design methodologies; G. Schumacher, W. Nebel. 3. VSPEC: a declarative requirements specification language for VHDL; P. Baraona, et al. 4. Communication prools implemented in hardware: VHDL generation from Estelle; J. Wytrebowicz, S. Budkowski. 5. An algorithm for the translation of SDL into synthesizable VHDL; R.J.O. Figuerido, I.S. Bonatti. 6. From LOTOS to VHDL; C.D. Kloos, et al. 7. Using an X-machine to model a video cassette recorder; M. Fairtlough, et al. Index.

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