ProximusDA Teams with STMicroelectronics to Develop Next-Generation Distributed SOC TLM Virtual Prototypes

  ProximusDA Teams with STMicroelectronics to Develop Next-Generation
  Distributed SOC TLM Virtual Prototypes

Design Automation Conference 2013

Business Wire

MUNICH -- May 23, 2013

ProximusDA GmbH, a company based in Munich, Germany, today announced its joint
efforts with STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving
customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, to develop the next
generation of software virtual prototypes. The collaboration combines
ProximusDA’s expertise in parallel code distribution with STMicroelectronics’
deep knowledge of Transaction Level Modeling (TLM) and advanced
distributed-computing architecture.

ProximusDA has developed a technology to enable the distribution and execution
of complex distributed applications over multi-core CPUs and GPUs. The
foundation of this technology relies on a formal and explicit system-level
communication modeling at the transaction level throughout the complete
system. ProximusRealizer, a ProximusDA product announced last year at DAC in
San Francisco, leverages its distributed execution kernel to support critical
SOC design tasks:

  *Capturing and executing SOC functional specifications (HW independent
    system level specs)
  *System level hardware & software architecture explorations and
  *Embedded software development, mapping and distributed execution and
  *System-level HW verification and SW validation

ProximusRealizer builds high-performance distributed software virtual
prototypes (SVP) by leveraging multi-cpu/multi-core hardware available in
today's off-the-shelf servers. It enables HW & SW architects to explore
multiple HW/SW trade-offs in a fraction of time that it would take with a
traditional SystemC (OSCI) TLM and earlier than with FPGA approaches.

“Our collaboration with ST demonstrates the beneficial synergy between
ProximusDA and its customers. By combining ProximusDA’s expertise in parallel
and distributed software application with ST’s deep expertise in SOC advanced
distributed-computing architecture and its undisputed SystemC TLM leadership,
we are able to deliver solutions that uniquely address the requirement and
complexity of upcoming SOC products. The first achievement of the
collaboration has been to allow ST to build distributed execution runtime of
its SystemC TLM platforms on machines with up to 64 cores,” said Enno Wein,
CEO of ProximusDA.

The next generation of System-on-a-Chip (SOC) requires critical attention to
the development of the embedded software due to the intrinsic nature of the
distributed computing architecture. At the same time, the design of
heterogeneous multi-core architectures is demanding massive computing
resources to fuel software virtual prototypes.

“ST has a strong focus on the embedded processing segment as the heart of
electronics systems, so we wanted to move our TLM virtual prototyping to the
next level of performance in order to stay ahead of the competition,” said
Laurent Ducousso, Virtual Platform Manager, Unified Platform Division R & D,
Digital Convergence Group, STMicroelectronics. “Working with ProximusDA
leverages our in-depth SystemC TLM investment and enables accelerated
execution speed. With excellent performance results, we are currently
integrating ProximusDA technologies into our TLM environment.”

Availability and Compatibility: ProximusRealizer is currently available for
production use.

About ProximusDA:
ProximusDA GmbH is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has a wholly owned
subsidiary in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. Research, product definition,
marketing, business development and sales as well as overall administration
are located in the German headquarters. ProximusDA is a spin-off from
Instigate CJSC, headquartered in Yerevan, Armenia based on technology
developed by Instigate since 2005. The technology is based on about 200
man-years of experience in the design of massive parallel systems at Instigate
since 2005.

ProximusDA will exhibit at DAC 2013 in Austin, Texas, on June 3-5, booth


ProximusDA GmbH
Philippe Metsu, +33 (0) 625 574 222
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