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Automatic hierarchical discovery of quasi-static schedules of RVC-CAL dataflow programs

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-40
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Signal Processing Systems
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


RVC-CAL is an actor-based dataflow language that enables concurrent, modular and portable description of signal processing algorithms. RVC-CAL programs can be compiled to implementation languages such as C/C++ and VHDL for producing software or hardware implementations. This paper presents a methodology for automatic discovery of piecewise-deterministic (quasi-static) execution schedules for RVC-CAL program software implementations. Quasi-static scheduling moves computational burden from the implementable run-time system to design-time compilation and thus enables making signal processing systems more efficient. The presented methodology divides the RVC-CAL program into segments and hierarchically detects quasi-static behavior from each segment: first at the level of actors and later at the level of the whole segment. Finally, a code generator creates a quasi-statically scheduled version of the program. The impact of segment based quasi-static scheduling is demonstrated by applying the methodology to several RVC-CAL programs that execute up to 58 % faster after applying the presented methodology.