FPGA-based software profiler for hardware/software co-design

E. Sayed M. Saad, Medhat H.A. Awadalla, Kareem Ezz E-Deen

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3 Citations (Scopus)


Embedded systems are a mixture of software running on a microprocessor and application-specific hardware . Hardware/Software co-design requires an appropriate profiler to detect the functions that contribute to a large percentage of program execution . Software based profiling tools, such as the well-known GNU gprof profiler, integrates an extra code with the software program to be profiled causing a significant performance overhead. To address this issue, this paper proposes a software profiler called AddressTracer. This profiler is an adaptation of a non-intrusive, real time profiler called SnoopP. the AddressTraeer is accurately able to evaluate the performance matrices of any specific software function. A software benchmark, Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA), is profiled using AddressTracer and other software profiling tools, Airwolf, and GNU software profiling tool (gprof), for a quantitative comparison and their performance overhead are studied. the achieved results show that AddressTracer provides accurate profiling results with no performance overhead. Airwolf causes a very low remarkable performance overhead compared with that incurred by gprof.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 National Radio Science Conference, NRSC 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event2009 National Radio Science Conference, NRSC 2009 - New Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Mar 17 2009Mar 19 2009

Publication series

NameNational Radio Science Conference, NRSC, Proceedings


Other2009 National Radio Science Conference, NRSC 2009
CityNew Cairo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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