A behavioral-level simulator designed for FIRST, a silicon compilation system for digital signal processing, is implemented in the Ada* programming language. The simulator accepts as input a digital signal processing system description written for the FIRST ([ast Implementation of aealtime ~ignal transforms) silicon compiler, and provides an interactive post-processing signal trace facility. The simulator is a time-driven simulator which contains a FIRST description language parser, a subset of the FIRST primitives, and the capacity for maintaining a full history of all signals in the system. The primitives in the FIRST description language are common to digital signal processing systems (e.g., add, word delay) and are used in the construction of higher order operators (e.g., Complex-to-Magnitude operator). This provides for a hierarchical description and design environment. Ada was selected as the implementation language in part because of the current effort to establish the Ada-like VHDL language as the DOD standard for hardware description. The FIRST description of the Complex-to-Magnitude operation is simulated.
Petrasko, Brian E.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
Electrical Engineering and Communication Sciences
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Engineering; Engineering -- Dissertations, Academic
Roney, Christopher Paul, "An ada simulator for the structured functional simulation of a digital signal processing system" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4333.