CSCE 617 – HW-SW Codesign of Embedded Systems


Welcome to Fall 2016!!

Proposal: Present your proposal on 25th October, 206 in the class. It should have two parts.

  • A report in the format specified in our website. Submit latest by 24th midnight.
  • Powerpoint slides: Present in the class on 25th Oct 2016.


Lecture: HRBB 126, Tue, Thu:  3:55-5:10 pm

Ever-increasing embedded system design complexity combined with reduced time-to-market window has revolutionized the embedded system design process. The traditional design techniques (independent hardware and software design) are now being challenged when heterogeneous models and applications are getting integrated to create a complex system on chip. In hardware-software codesign, designers consider trade-off in the way hardware and software components of a system work together to exhibit a specified behavior, given a set of performance goals and technology.

Course Objective: 

The course will cover system level design of embedded system with top-down design approach. The students will learn various design steps starting from system specifications to hardware/software implementation and will experience process optimization while considering various design decisions. Students will gain design experience with project/case studies using contemporary high-level methods and tools.


Microprocessor Systems or approval of Instructor

Who can take this course: 

Graduate and Senior-undergraduate students of engineering involved in embedded system design.

Text Book(s): 

There is no particular text for this course. Students should be prepared to follow the technical papers from recent conferences/workshops and journals. Following materials may be used as they contain some useful research topics in the codesign.

  • Micheli, R.Ernst, and W.Wolf, editors, “Readings in Hardware/Software Co-Design”, Morgan Kaufman Publishers, 2002.
  • Lecture notes
  • Staunstrup and W.Wolf,editors,”Hardware/Software Co-Design Principles and Practice”, Kluwer Academic Publishers,1997.(Reference)

Tentative topics to be covered (to be reassigned on group interests):

  • Codesign overview
  • Models and methodologies of system design
  • Hardware software partitioning and scheduling
  • Cosimulation, synthesis and verifications
  • Architecture mapping, HW-SW Interfaces and Reconfigurable computing
  • System on Chip (SoC):  NoC, Security of IP cores
  • Data analytic Codesign
  • IoT: Issues and Challenges
  • Real-Time Embedded Systems
  • Low-power ES


Test (30%), Projects: (45%), Term-paper/Seminar/Assignments: (25%)

Scholastic Dishonesty: 

Plagiarism is the passing of someone else’s work as one’s own, without giving the original author due credit. Scholastic dishonesty will be treated very strictly as per Texas A&M University rules. Typically, the given incidence has to be reported to the Department Head. The Department Head will then determine the type of punitive actions, including, 0 points to the assignment, an F grade in the course, academic suspension, or even expulsion from Texas A&M University.


Instructor: Rabi Mahapatra, Phone: 5-5787, 520B HR Bright,