LIDE: The DSPCAD Lightweight Dataflow Environment

Maryland DSPCAD Research Group


This webpage describes the LIDE Project at the University of Maryland, College Park.

1. Overview

LIDE (the DSPCAD Lightweight Dataflow Environment) is a flexible, lightweight design environment that allows designers to experiment with dataflow-based approaches for design and implementation of digital signal processing (DSP) systems. LIDE contains libraries of dataflow graph elements (primitive actors, hierarchical actors, and edges) and utilities that assist designers in modeling, simulating, and implementing DSP systems using formal dataflow techniques. The libraries of dataflow graph elements (mainly actors) contained in LIDE provide useful building blocks that can be used to construct signal processing applications, and that can be used as examples that designers can adapt to create their own, customized LIDE actors. Furthermore, by using LIDE along with the DSPCAD Integrative Command Line Environment (DICE), designers can efficiently create and execute unit tests for user-designed actors. The LIDE package is intended for cross-platform usage, and is currently being developed and used actively on the Linux, MacOS, Solaris, and Windows (equipped with Cygwin) platforms.

For a detailed overview of LIDE and its key features, see the Introduction to LIDE Version 0.1.

2. Current Project Participants

5. Software Download and Setup

For instructions on downloading and setting up LIDE, see the The DSPCAD Lightweight Dataflow Environment: Introduction to LIDE Version 0.1, and the LIDE Overview Online Supplement.

6. E-mail List and Contact for Questions

News about LIDE, including information about updates and new releases, is broadcast on the DSPCAD News Email List. To subscribe to this list, send email to the DSPCAD Manager.

For questions about installing, using, or updating LIDE, send email to the DSPCAD Manager.

7. Publications

A list of publications related to the LIDE project, and PDF versions of selected publications can be found on the LIDE Project Publications Page.

8. Sponsorship

This work was sponsored in part by the Laboratory for Physical Science, Laboratory for Telecommunication Sciences, and US National Science Foundation.

9. Document Version

This webpage was last updated on November 21, 2011.