1/19/2004 - MLDesign Technologies announced the availability of MLDesigner2.4.r03 that brings significant performance improvements in three key areas: loading models, compiling models for simulation and closing models after simulations.
Although the performance improvements are model-specific, all users should see substantial improvements," said Dr. Gunar Schorcht, MLDs VP of Engineering. For example, with one very large model we found that compile time under MLDesigner 2.4.r03 took only 13 seconds compared to the 300 seconds required under MLDesigner 2.4.r02--a reduction of more than two orders of magnitude. For the same model, time required top close the model was reduced from 120 seconds to five seconds. In addition, MLDesigner 2.4.r03 reduced the amount of memory required for compilation of the same model by almost 45 percent.
MLDesigner 2.4.r03 also introduces an auto-save feature that gives users the ability to specify a time interval to trigger automatic saving of all open modified models.
Simulation modeling has two types of use patterns, according the Dr. Schorcht, model development and testing and model analysis.
Model development and tests typically consists of many very short simulation runs while designers develop and test system component designs, correct errors, tune parameters, and assemble more complex system models from base components. This use pattern requires fast turn around for simulation runs. To get fast turn-around, modeling tools must have very short compile times and must close models quickly on demand so the designer can make changes for the next run. The faster compile times and fast model close times provided by MLDesigner 2.4.r03 can dramatically improve simulation turnaround times in this phase. For example, for the large model Dr. Schorcht described above, the total time required to perform a 30-second simulation would drop from 450 seconds (300 seconds to compile, 30 seconds to simulate and 120 seconds to close) to just 48 seconds.
Model analysis, on the other hand, typically consists of long simulation runs where designers analyze the performance of the model under different parameter configurations. These long simulation runs are used to find performance bottlenecks and identify optimum design configurations. Earlier improvements to MLDesigner in 2003 provided significant improvements in simulation speed. MLDesigner 2.4 added the ability to distribute simulation iterations so they can run in parallel on multiple computers.
The reduction in the amount of memory required to represent for a specific model allows designers to build larger more complex models and run them on typical engineering workstations.
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MLDesigner is a powerful system-level design platform that integrates both major system-level modeling areas--architecture and functioni--n a single tool. MLDesigner unifies modeling capabilities found in first generation point-tools for DSP/comms, networking and architectural performance analysis. Developed and priced as a strategic tool for every engineer's desktop, MLDesigner provides significant productivity improvements for both individual designers and entire teams by helping them produce better designs faster and by providing a high degree of code reusability. With MLDesigner, designers and their teams can make critical architectural tradeoffs using performance analysis, develop comprehensive functional specifications, evaluate proposed changes to the architectural and functional specifications and create executable specifications to guide implementation. Customers are using MLDesigner today for projects ranging from the architectural performance analysis of microprocessor designs to the simulation of global military communications systems.
About MLDesign Technologies, Inc.
MLDesign Technologies, Inc. (www.MLDesigner.com), headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., is an international company that provides a team-oriented platform for Next Generation System Design of networks, systems and systems-on-chip. Unlike traditional system-level tools, MLDesign Technologies' Mission-Level Design approach integrates architectures, functions and missions into a single environment. Mission-Level Design enables designers to focus on the key architectures and functionality that determine up to 80 percent of a systems performance and cost, while improving quality, reliability and time-to-market.
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