ICODES Project Information

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The overall goal of ICODES (Interface and Communication based Design of Embedded Systems) is the development of new modeling and synthesis technologies for embedded hardware/software systems. ICODES complements the work begun in the ODETTE (http://odette.offis.de/) IST-FP5 project by focusing on the design and implementation of components distributed between hardware and software and the communication between them.

ICODES will produce research results and prototypes of Electronic System Design Automation tools, which will enable the European electronic system industry to reduce their design time and cost of the next generation of embedded intelligent devices. These devices will enable new powerful services as well as innovative products.

Technically, ICODES' main target is to provide a design technology for embedded systems with many communicating components in hardware and software. A methodology to model, evaluate and implement embedded hardware/software systems from the specification at Electronic System Level (ESL) to a standard industrial back-end design flow will be developed. Therefore, ICODES will define a system specification language based on SystemC 2.0. It will enable a holistic view on the design as it provides a single formalism to model hardware, software, and communication objects. Techniques like communication based design and object-orientation will be integrated into a seamless design flow for embedded systems. It will support analysis and optimisation of the systems communication properties. The design methodology will be implemented by a suite of ESL tools based on the SystemC language. The tool set will include analysis, simulation, optimisation, and synthesis tools supporting interactive design decisions as well as the automatic translation and optimisation of high level SystemC models into HDL and C/C++ based implementations. A development environment (IDE) will ensure the integration of these tools and the seamless of the design flow.

In order to ensure a wide applicability of the methodology and a successful path to commercial exploitation, the project is industry driven. The industrial partners from three strong European industrial sectors, namely Automotive (Bosch), Telecom (Siemens Mobile Communications), and Wireless (Thales Communications), will define the requirements and evaluate the results of the research partners OFFIS and Politecnico di Milano. The commercial exploitation will be performed by a European ESL SME, namely Prosilog, while ECSI will be in charge of the dissemination activities. OFFIS will additionally be responsible for the project management and co-ordination. The project is set to receive 2.85 million Euro in EU funding, and will run until July, 2007. ICODES was officially launched at a kick-off event in Oldenburg, Germany, on 2. and 3. September 2004.

From the results of WP1, a set of courses will be defined covering the requirements identified by industry. The material to be prepared for each course will be decided which will include the technical contents, practical exercises and an evaluation mechanisms. The potential for on-line accessibility of the material will be explored.

A set of courses and the corresponding detailed syllabus, training methods and material will be developed.


Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
Worldwide automotive and electronic supplier
Role: user, evaluation (tools and methodology)

European Electronic Chips & Systems design Initiative, France
European non-profit organization
Role: dissemination and exploitation

European research institute
Role: coordination,research (systems design, methodologies and tool development)

Politecnico di Milano
Italian engineering university
Role: research (system analysis, tool development)

EDA Vendor (SME)
Role: System Design Tools, Industrial Exploitation

Siemens Mobile Communications S.p.A., Italy
European mobile telecommunications system company
Role: user, evaluation (tools and methodology)

Thales Communications S.A., France
European defense and telecommunications company
Role: user, evaluation (tools and methodology)


Dr. Jens E. Appeil
Telephone: +49-441-9722-286

Technical Coordinator
Frank Oppenheimer
Telephone: =49-441-9722-285

Administrative Deputy
Karlin Kuper
Telephone: +49-441-9722-295

Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg
Fax: +49-441-9722-278
Email: icodes-web [at] offis [dot] de

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