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Software Development for Embedded Multi-core Systems

A Practical Guide Using Embedded Intel Architecture

The multicore revolution has reached the deployment stage in embedded systems ranging from small ultramobile devices to large telecommunication servers. The transition from single to multicore processors, motivated by the need to increase performance while conserving power, has placed great responsibility on the shoulders of software engineers. In this new embedded multicore era, the toughest task is the development of code to support more sophisticated systems. This book provides embedded engineers with solid grounding in the skills required to develop software targeting multicore processors. Within the text, the author undertakes an in-depth exploration of performance analysis, and a close-up look at the tools of the trade. Both general multicore design principles and processor-specific optimization techniques are revealed. Detailed coverage of critical issues for multicore employment within embedded systems is provided, including the Threading Development Cycle, with discussions of analysis, design, development, debugging, and performance tuning of threaded applications. Software development techniques engendering optimal mobility and energy efficiency are highlighted through multiple case studies, which provide practical “how-to” advice on implementing the latest multicore processors. Finally, future trends are discussed, including terascale, speculative multithreading, transactional memory, interconnects, and the software-specific implications of these looming architectural developments. Table of ContentsChapter 1 - Introduction Chapter 2 – Basic System and Processor Architecture Chapter 3 – Multi-core Processors & Embedded Chapter 4 –Moving To Multi-core Intel Architecture Chapter 5 – Scalar Optimization & Usability Chapter 6 – Parallel Optimization Using Threads Chapter 7 - Case Study: Data Decomposition Chapter 8 - Case Study: Functional Decomposition Chapter 9 – Virtualization & Partitioning Chapter 10 – Getting Ready For Low Power Intel Architecture Chapter 11 - Summary, Trends, and Conclusions Appendix I Glossary References

Audience
Software Engineers, Designers, and Managers

Paperback, 440 Pages

Published: April 2008

Imprint: Newnes

ISBN: 978-0-7506-8539-9

Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction *Motivation *The Advent of Multi-core Processors *Multi-processor Systems Are Not New *Applications Will Need to Be Multi-threaded *Software Burden or Opportunity *What is Embedded? *What is Unique about Embedded? *Chapter Summary Chapter 2 – Basic System and Processor Architecture *Key Points *Performance *Brief History of Embedded Intel® Architecture Processors *Embedded Trends and Near Term Processor Impact *Tutorial on x86 Assembly Language *Chapter Summary *Related Reading Chapter 3 – Multi-core Processors & Embedded *Key Points *Motivation for Multi-core Processors *Multi-core Processor Architecture *Benefits of Multi-core Processors in Embedded *Embedded Market Segments & Multi-core Processors *Evaluating Performance of Multi-core Processors *Chapter Summary *Related Reading Chapter 4 –Moving To Multi-core Intel Architecture *Key Points *Migrating To Intel Architecture *32-bit versus 64-bit Support *Endianness: Big to Little *BIOS and Operating Systems Considerations *Enabling an SMP operating system *Tools for Multi-Core Processor Development *Chapter Summary *Related ReadingChapter 5 – Scalar Optimization & Usability *Key Points *Compiler Optimizations *Optimization Process *Case Study: Database *Usability *Chapter Summary *Related ReadingChapter 6 – Parallel Optimization Using Threads *Key Points *Parallelism Primer *Thread 192 *Decomposition *Scalability *Parallel Execution Limiters *Threading Technology Requirements *Threading Development Cycle *Analysis *Design & Implementation *Debug *Tune *Chapter Summary *Related Reading Chapter 7 - Case Study: Data Decomposition *Key Points *AMIDE *Analysis *Design & Implement *Debug *Tune *Chapter Summary Chapter 8 - Case Study: Functional Decomposition *Key Points *Snort *Analysis *Design & Implement *Snort Debug *Tune *Chapter SummaryChapter 9 – Virtualization & Partitioning *Key Points *Overview *Techniques & Design Considerations *Telecom Use case of Virtualization *Chapter Summary *Related Reading Chapter 10 – Getting Ready For Low Power Intel Architecture *Key Points *Mobile Internet Devices *Architecture *Case Study: Battery Life Toolkit *Debugging Embedded Systems *Chapter Summary Chapter 11 - Summary, Trends, and Conclusions *Trends *Conclusions Appendix I Glossary References

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