Architects and developers rarely start their next generation system development from a blank sheet. Simulation helps drive the product life cycle continuum by connecting the dots between system exploration, software development and validation.
One of the key advantages of designing systems with Intel® silicon components is the ability to gain faster time-to-market by taking advantage of the simulation tools that Intel offers for optimizing system design, testing power/thermal performance, and simulating hardware platforms to support software development and validation.
System Design Optimization
Customers can solve performance/cost optimization issues and improve workload efficiency in the early design phases by using Intel® CoFluent™ Technology to accelerate time-to-market. System architects use it to optimize the platform mix of CPU, memory and I/O configurations and to decide on memory hierarchy, network topology, wireless channels, and workload characterization. Intel CoFluent Technology also supports prototyping, return on investment (ROI) analysis, scale-up/scale-out scenarios, investment strategy, performance/pricing analysis, and market positioning to enable rapid design wins.
Intel CoFluent Technology delivers value at all levels of integration, from chips to cloud data centers. Chip and systems on a chip (SoC) designers use Intel CoFluent Technology to optimize block sizing such as buffer/first-in first-out (FIO) buses, arithmetic logic unit (ALU) elements, and more. They also use it to characterize and optimize algorithms. Systems architects use Intel CoFluent Technology for platform components selections, workload characterization/benchmarking, as well as for new intellectual property (IP) development. Data center managers and DevOps use Intel CoFluent Technology to prototype their systems-of-systems to enable workload balancing—particularly for artificial intelligence (AI) workloads—and to optimize system, rack, data center and even multi-cloud configurations.
Power & Thermal Optimization
Intel also offers the capability to predict and optimize power and thermal profiles during system design with Intel® Docea™ Technology. In fact, customers are reporting up to a nine months’ head start on power design and validation.
Three solutions comprise Intel Docea Technology:
- The Thermal Profiler helps thermal engineers and hardware designers assess dynamic thermal performance with virtual prototyping.
- The Power Simulator helps system engineers and hardware/software architects to virtually prototype and test different power and thermal management strategies.
- Power Analytics helps hardware/software architects and business decision makers collaborate online to manage, predict and report power key performance indicators (KPIs).
Intel Docea Technology helps system architects and engineers to develop, test and validate system-level power and thermal performance. Power architects use Intel Docea Technology’s collaborative power modeling platform to secure power KPIs for projection and tracking. Power and performance analysts and power management architects use Intel Docea Technology to prototype and tune power/thermal management algorithms for pre-silicon power and performance analysis. System architects and software teams use Intel Docea Technology to debug and validate their power and thermal management software. Thermal engineers accelerate thermal design by using Intel Docea Technology to extend thermal validation coverage by taking into account transient effects.
Virtual Platform Simulation
Customers can also validate critical internal and third-party software and firmware before silicon is ready using Simics* virtual platform models offered by Intel. The software is available through Wind River. Systems architects and software developers use Simics during software development and validation for faster production readiness of their software stacks across a broad range of industries. Customers are reporting up to six months faster time-to-market, in large part by optimizing time spent debugging software without waiting for hardware availability.
Simics software provides a fast, function-accurate, full-system virtual platform to simulate any computer-based system on a standard PC, server, or cloud service. Developers can run their full software stacks, including firmware, boot code, drivers, OS, middleware and applications.
Simics virtual platforms extend across hardware generations and give software developers access to fast, stable, easy-to-update systems without waiting for hardware manufacturing volumes to ramp-up. Ecosystem partners and subcontractors can shorten lead times through collaboration and sharing rather than describing and recreating work. Simics software helps assure quality as it accelerates time-to-market by efficiently automating hardware and software variation and executing rapid yet complete validation testing.
Design Automation Conference 2018
These technologies will on display at the Design Automation Conference (DAC) taking place in San Francisco June 24-28. We invite you to join us during the conference to learn the latest on system design, power and thermal optimization, as well as simulation for software development and validation.
Our Intel CoFluent Studio v6.2 demo features a new SystemC simulation interface IP connection through TLM2 modeling language standard protocols. We also show support for autonomous driving as well as a broad range of IoT models using Intel CoFluent Technology for IoT and its model library view to easily browse CoFluent model repositories.
The Intel Docea Technology demo showcases power and thermal management solutions for a broad range of Intel® Architecture-based platforms from edge to cloud, and our Simics 5.0 demonstrates IoT models available supporting the latest Intel® SoCs, including safety-critical components for industrial automation, robotics, automotive, and aircraft.
Resources for more information
For more information on simulation solutions to accelerate your time-to market, check out these helpful resources:
- An end-to-end video analytics solution for surveillance and securing high value assets
- Running Large Software on Wind River Simics Virtual Platforms, Then and Now
- Design and Validate Microarchitecture with Intel CoFluent Studio
- Using TPCx-BB Express Benchmark* for End-to-End Big Data Clusters
- Intel CoFluent™ Technology Optimizes Ericsson* Cloud Solutions
Michael Greene is VP & General Manager of the Intel System Technologies and Optimization Division. He leads a worldwide organization responsible for increasing development velocity and time to market for Intel platforms. He also serves as the Vice Chair of GEM Board of Directors. GEM is a national non-profit providing programming and full fellowships to support under-represented individuals who pursue a master’s or doctorate degree in science or engineering. Follow Michael Greene on Twitter, @greene1of5.
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