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A key task in mixed hardware-software embedded systems design is partitioning the design functions into hardware and software implementable sets. Allocating a design function to a hardware or software module constrains the available implementations choices for other functions. We can model that hardware-software partitioning problem as a constraint satisfaction problem. The authors present an algorithm for solving the problem, evaluate the performances of different search control heuristics, and show two applications of the proposed approach to real-life designs.

R. S. Mitra and A. Basu, "Hardware-Software Partitioning: A Case for Constraint Satisfaction," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 15, no. , pp. 54-63, 2000.
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