Course details

Hardware/Software Codesign

HSC Acad. year 2020/2021 Winter semester 5 credits

The course focuses on aspects of system level design. Implementation of HW/SW systems optimized according to various criteria. Behavioural and structural HW/SW system description. Basic hardware and software components and interface models. Hardware and software components synthesis. Assignment of behavioural description to given components. Design of interfaces between HW/SW components. Planning access to distributed components. Prediction and design analysis techniques regarding given constrains. HW/SW partitioning algorithms and tools. Heterogeneous computation architectures and platforms. Integrated design tools. Case studies of optimized HW/SW systems.


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Language of instruction



Credit+Examination (written)

Time span

39 hrs lectures, 13 hrs projects

Assessment points

55 exam, 20 half-term test, 25 projects




Subject specific learning outcomes and competences

Students will gain knowledge and skill in theory and techniques of automatized HW/SW co-design of computation systems optimized according to various criteria.

Generic learning outcomes and competences

Theoretical background for analysis and design of HW/SW systems.

Learning objectives

The aim of the course is to gain knowledge and skills in HW/SW co-design of computing systems. The students will also learn about models of hardware and software component behavior and mutual interaction, hardware and software partitioning algorithms and techniques and assessment of the quality, and the final system synthesis and optimization according to various criteria.

Why is the course taught

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the field of HW / SW co-design of computing systems, models for description of behavior and structure of HW and SW components, algorithms and techniques for partitioning, estimation of quality, synthesis and optimization of final system according to various criteria.

Prerequisite kwnowledge and skills

Basics of system simulation and design.

Study literature

  • Lecture notes in e-format

Fundamental literature

  • Schaumont, P. R.: A Practical Introduction to Hardware/Software Codesign, Second Edition, Springer, 2013, ISBN 978-1-4614-3737-6 (eBook).
  • De Micheli, G., Rolf, E., Wolf, W.: Readings in Hardware/Software Co-design, Morgan Kaufmann; 1. vydání, 2001, 697 s., ISBN: 1558607021.
  • L. H. Crockett, R. A. Elliot, M. A. Enderwitz and R. W. Stewart: The Zynq Book: Embedded Processing with the ARM CortexA9 on the Xilinx Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, First Edition, Strathclyde Academic Media, 2014.

Syllabus of lectures

  • System-level design methodology for embedded systems.
  • Heterogeneous computation structures, architectures and platforms.
  • Behavioral and structural HW/SW system description.
  • System-level synthesis - allocation, binding and scheduling.
  • HW structures synthesis and optimization.
  • CAD tools for HW/SW codesign.
  • Languages for HW/SW system description.
  • Design estimation and analysis techniques.
  • Low-power design techniques.
  • Models of computation.
  • Inter-component interfaces and communication.
  • Partitioning algorithms and tools.
  • System-level optimization.

Syllabus - others, projects and individual work of students

Individual thirteen-hour project.

Progress assessment

  • project (25 points)
  • mid exam (20 points)
  • final exam (55 points)

Controlled instruction

The knowledge of students is examined by the mid-exam (20 points), the project (25 pints) and by the final exam. The minimal number of points, which can be obtained from the final exam, is 25 (of 55 points). Otherwise, no points will be assigned to a student. Plagiarism and not allowed cooperation will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action can be initiated.

Exam prerequisites

For receiving the credit and thus for entering the exam, students have to obtain at least five points from the project. Plagiarism and not allowed cooperation will cause that involved students are not classified and disciplinary action may be initiated.


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