COSSIM: An open-source integrated solution to address the simulator gap for systems of systems
Paper in proceeding, 2018

In an era of complex networked heterogeneous systems, simulating independently only parts, components or attributes of a system under design is not a viable, accurate or efficient option. The interactions are too many and too complicated to produce meaningful results and the optimization opportunities are severely limited when considering each part of a system in an isolated manner. The presented COSSIM simulation framework is the first known open-source, high-performance simulator that can handle holistically system-of-systems including processors, peripherals and networks; such an approach is very appealing to both CPS/IoT and Highly Parallel Heterogeneous Systems designers and application developers. Our highly integrated approach is further augmented with accurate power estimation and security sub-tools that can tap on all system components and perform security and robustness analysis of the overall networked system. Additionally, a GUI has been developed to provide easy simulation set-up, execution and visualization of results. COSSIM has been evaluated using real-world applications representing cloud (mobile visual search) and CPS systems (building management) demonstrating high accuracy and performance that scales almost linearly with the number of CPUs dedicated to the simulator.

Parallel system simulator



Cps simulator

Distributed system simulator

High level architecture


A. Brokalakis

Synelixis Solutions

Nikolaos Tampouratzis

Technical University of Crete

Antonios Nikitakis

Synelixis Solutions

Ioannis Papaefstathiou

Technical University of Crete

Stamatis Andrianakis

Synelixis Solutions

Danilo Pau

STMicroelectronics, Geneva

Emanuele Plebani

STMicroelectronics, Geneva

Marco Paracchini

Polytechnic University of Milan

Marco Marcon

Polytechnic University of Milan

Ioannis Sourdis

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Computer Engineering (Chalmers)

Prajith Ramakrishnan Geethakumari

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Computer Engineering (Chalmers)

Maria Carmen Palacios


Miguel Angel Anton


Attila Szasz

SEARCH Laboratory

Proceedings - 21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018

115-120 8491804
978-153867376-8 (ISBN)

21st Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design, DSD 2018
Prague, Czech Republic,

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Computer Science

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