Accelerating host-compiled simulation by modifying IR code: industrial application in the spatial domain
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Space applications rely on long and complex design processes, as they must deal with strict non-functional requirements such as criticality, timeliness, reliability and safety. The huge number of analysis and evaluations performed requires powerful simulations technologies combining high simulation speed and accuracy. Host-compiled simulation is a powerful approach to achieve fast, timed simulation of software running in complex embedded systems. However, in the general term, there is still the need of improving the speed and accuracy of these solutions, and there is a lack of host-compiled approaches oriented to space applications. To solve the first point, this paper presents an alternative that modifies the standard solution of adding the modeling of the cross-compiled control flow in the host computer by modifying the compiler's intermediate representation. That way, the host binary naturally follows the cross-compiled binary flow, avoiding a separate modeling, and improving simulation speed while maintaining accuracy. Additionally, the paper focuses on LEON processor, commonly used by the European Space Agency (ESA).