inis 16(8): e5

Research Article

Hardware-software co-simulation for medical X-ray control units

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.24-8-2015.2261148,
        author={Bruno Kleinert and Gholam Reza Rahimi and Marc Reichenbach and Dietmar Fey},
        title={Hardware-software co-simulation for medical X-ray control units},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Industrial Networks and Intelligent Systems},
        keywords={hardware-software co-simulation, virtual machines, qemu, systemc},
  • Bruno Kleinert
    Gholam Reza Rahimi
    Marc Reichenbach
    Dietmar Fey
    Year: 2015
    Hardware-software co-simulation for medical X-ray control units
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.24-8-2015.2261148
Bruno Kleinert1,*, Gholam Reza Rahimi1, Marc Reichenbach1, Dietmar Fey1
  • 1: Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
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In this paper we present our solution to master the complex- ity of product adaption cycles of a medical X-ray control unit. We present the real hardware and software platform and our mapping of it to a virtual X-ray control unit, im- plemented as our hardware-software co-simulation. To re- duce complexity for hardware developers, we developed our own XML-based abstract system description language which is mapped onto instantiations of parameterizable SystemC template modules. We verified the correctness of our virtual X-ray control unit by co-simulating unmodified software to hardware components, which we implemented in our system description language from the specification of the real sys- tem. Due to reduced complexity of our virtual X-ray control unit, it can be used as a time and cost saving test platform for future hardware and software adaption cycles.