Mining Message Flows using Recurrent Neural Networks for System-on-Chip Designs

Yuting Cao, Parijat Mukherjee, Mahesh Ketkar, Jin Yang, Hao Zheng

Comprehensive specifications are essential for various activities across the entire validation continuum for system-on-chip (SoC) designs. However, specifications are often ambiguous, incomplete, or even contain inconsistencies or errors. This paper addresses this problem by developing a specification mining approach that automatically extracts sequential patterns from SoC transaction-level traces such that the mined patterns collectively characterize system-level specifications for SoC designs. This approach exploits long short-term memory (LSTM) networks trained with the collected SoC execution traces to capture sequential dependencies among various communication events. Then, a novel algorithm is developed to efficiently extract sequential patterns on system-level communications from the trained LSTM models. Several trace processing techniques are also proposed to enhance the mining performance. We evaluate the proposed approach on simulation traces of a non-trivial multi-core SoC prototype. Initial results show that the proposed approach is capable of extracting various patterns on system-level specifications from the highly concurrent SoC execution traces.

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