CoWare Unveils CoWare Platform Architect and CoWare Virtual Platform

CoWare, Inc., the leading supplier of
Electronic System Virtualization (ESV) software and services,
today unveiled exciting new system-centric analysis in the 2010.1
release of CoWare Platform Architect and CoWare Virtual Platform.
The non-intrusive data collection, powerful eclipse-based
visualization and meaningful system metrics deliver significant
productivity improvements for individual developers including
architects, systems designers and software developers and improve
collaboration across disciplines and companies. Early users of the
system-centric analysis have reported identifying and addressing
design issues in a matter of hours rather than days or weeks.

“CoWare’s strategy is to deliver
productivity-focused development tools supporting multi-core
system design. Meaningful analysis is a cornerstone for the
successful deployment of virtual platform technologies,” said Marc
Serughetti, vice president of marketing and business development
at CoWare. “This new capability is the result of a multi-year
collaboration with key customers. The feedback from our users has
been extremely positive. The system-centric analysis is delivering
clear value in production to individual developers and along the
electronic systems supply chain where collaboration is critical.”

The
system-centric analysis works seamlessly within the standards-based
SystemC simulation environment of CoWare Platform Architect and CoWare
Virtual Platform and is supported by the CoWare Model Library. It
combines:

  • System
    software analysis that allows inspection and correlation of the state
    and history of software running on multiple cores, the respective
    processes on those cores and their interaction with the platform
    hardware. Analysis views include cache analysis, function tracing, and
    coverage and supports OS awareness.
  • System hardware analysis enabling
    protocol-aware transaction-level tracing, bus path analysis (count,
    latency, throughput) across and inside the entire interconnect
    structure, bus and memory resource utilization and contention, and
    application task graph resource utilization and contention.


The system-centric analysis provides an extensible framework for
users to tailor it to their specific needs. The primary components
of the infrastructure are:


  • Open APIs for easy model instrumentation,
    based on SystemC standards
  • Non-intrusive, automatic insertion of
    monitors for run-time data collection
  • Run-time data reduction for efficient
    storage of statistical analysis
  • Hierarchical database enabling fast,
    responsive display of TLM tracing and analysis
  • Graphical chart views for multi-level
    visualization of tracing and analysis
  • User-controllable filtering and display
    of graphical information and results
  • Convenient Tcl scripting APIs for
    simulation control and creation of custom views

The
integration of transaction-level models from the CoWare Model
Library, independent model suppliers, and internal model development
teams is smooth and easy, bringing immediate value to the design
teams who deploy them in their platforms.

Availability


The 2010.1 Release of CoWare Platform Architect, CoWare Virtual
Platform and the CoWare Model Library are available now.

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