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VLSI Design
Volume 3 (1995), Issue 3-4, Pages 333-345

PARTIF: Interactive System-level Partitioning

System-level Synthesis Group, TIMA/INPG, 46 Av. Félix Viallet, Grenoble Cédex 38031, France

Copyright © 1995 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a methodology and a tool box for system-level partitioning in the behavioral domain. The methodology is based on an extended finite state machine model. Partitioning is achieved interactively through the application of five system-level transformation primitives: MOVE, MERGE, SPLIT, CUT and MAP. This scheme allows an interactive exploration of the solution space. The result of the partitioning is a set of interconnected and heterogeneous sub-systems. The partitioning tool box which has been developed is named PARTIE PARTIF includes an evaluation feedback loop that helps the designer estimate the quality of the design.