Design Methodology for Picoradio Networks
University of California at Berkeley
Fernando De Bernardinis, University of California at Berkeley
Roberto Passerone, University of California at Berkeley
Alessandro Pinto, University of California at Berkeley
Marco Sgroi, University of California at Berkeley
Gerald Wang, University of California at Berkeley
Alberto L. Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, University of California at Berkeley
Jan Rabaey, University of California at Berkeley
The goal of the PICORADIO
project at the Berkeley Wireless
Research Center is to design a low power wireless sensor network able to support a variety of distributed
applications. This requires to design a protocol stack that rules the communication among nodes and that consists of the application, network, datalink and
physical layers. To derive a low-power and cost-effective protocol implementation from an initial set
of requirements, it is critical to use a system design methodology that allows to fully explore the
design space and tradeoff different implementation solutions.
Our goal is to develop a design methodology, based on successive refinement, that supports specification, validation and
synthesis of wireless protocols. The flow we are defining is based on Cadence VCC for functional
validation of the algorithms and for architecture exploration as shown in , and UML  to specify
and document each design step. A methodology based on Metropolis , an embedded system design framework that emphasizes design
reuse by decoupling computation and communication, is also under development.
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