RSVP-SIS : Reference System Virtual Platform
RSVP-SIS defines a Virtual Platform standard for the development of embedded systems using modern System-on-Chip devices. Ports are available for a number of different physical platforms, including System-on-Chip (SoC) devices, Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), Application Specific Processors, and other computing devices. Applications developed for the RSVP-SIS API's are portable between any supported physical platforms.
Modern configurable System-on-Chip and Field Programmable Gate Array devices, are a blank slate for designers to draw on. However, most systems require several common resources and peripherals in order to present the user with a usable "System Platform" upon which to base an application.
Unfortunately, most vendor specific solutions lock you into their "walled garden" for development, and make it more difficult to upgrade quickly to the latest offerings. RSVP-SIS offers a different paradigm, by defining a Virtual Platform for development that allows the easy migration between simulation, verification, and the porting of your application to different physical devices, like FPGA's, SoC's, multiprocessors, and more.
The Reference System Virtual Platforms (RSVPs) are designed to provide useful baseline systems with commonly required resources and peripherals, as well as a vendor neutral, portable API to access and control those resources and peripherals.
While most semiconductor vendors will provide a baseline "driver" library for their parts, or a configuation tool within their IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to select and configure IP blocks, these tend to be unique, vendor specific, and/or proprietary in nature. It can often take a significant amount of work to port an embedded application from one SOC/Microprocessor family to another.
RSVP-SIS is intended to provide a vendor neutral, and device/architecture agnostic set of resources, peripherals, and Application Programming Interfaces (API's) with which to access them. By providing a common set of resources and API's, embedded applications can be ported more rapidly, and with less code modification or if/def configuration.
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