Date Added: Mar 2010
Fast and accurate full-system simulation is needed for MPSoC design space exploration to achieve tight time-to-market design goals. In the field of full-system simulation, transaction level modeling with SystemC and traditional instruction set simulators (e.g., M5) based on C/C++ has their own advantages, separately. In this paper, a novel method for synchronizing M5 and SystemC modules is proposed to achieve fast and timing-accurate co-simulation. This method adopts event-driven scheduling and object-oriented programming technology. With this method, an MPSoC full-system co-simulation platform, which allows modeling the architecture at multiple levels of abstraction, is presented.