Embedded Computing for High Performance

Embedded Computing for High Performance

Efficient Mapping of Computations Using Customization, Code Transformations and Compilation

1st Edition - June 13, 2017

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  • Authors: João Cardoso, José Gabriel Coutinho, Pedro Diniz
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128041895
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128041994

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Embedded Computing for High Performance: Design Exploration and Customization Using High-level Compilation and Synthesis Tools provides a set of real-life example implementations that migrate traditional desktop systems to embedded systems. Working with popular hardware, including Xilinx and ARM, the book offers a comprehensive description of techniques for mapping computations expressed in programming languages such as C or MATLAB to high-performance embedded architectures consisting of multiple CPUs, GPUs, and reconfigurable hardware (FPGAs). The authors demonstrate a domain-specific language (LARA) that facilitates retargeting to multiple computing systems using the same source code. In this way, users can decouple original application code from transformed code and enhance productivity and program portability. After reading this book, engineers will understand the processes, methodologies, and best practices needed for the development of applications for high-performance embedded computing systems.

Key Features

  • Focuses on maximizing performance while managing energy consumption in embedded systems
  • Explains how to retarget code for heterogeneous systems with GPUs and FPGAs
  • Demonstrates a domain-specific language that facilitates migrating and retargeting existing applications to modern systems
  • Includes downloadable slides, tools, and tutorials


Computer engineers and computer scientists as well as electrical engineers working on embedded, parallel, or FPGA systems; students in these areas

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. High Performance Embedded Computing
    3. Controlling the Design and Development Cycle
    4. Source Code Analysis and Instrumentation
    5. Source Code Transformations and Optimizations
    6. Compiler Optimizations
    7. Code Retargeting
    8. Advanced Topics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Morgan Kaufmann 2017
  • Published: June 13, 2017
  • Imprint: Morgan Kaufmann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128041895
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128041994

About the Authors

João Cardoso

João Manuel Paiva Cardoso, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI), Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal. Previously I was Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Technical University of Lisbon (UTL), in Lisbon (April 4, 2006- Sept. 3, 2008), and Assistant Professor (2001-2006) in the Department of Electronics and Informatics Engineering (DEEI), Faculty of Sciences and Technology, at the University of Algarve, and Teaching Assistant in the same university (1993-2001). I have been a senior researcher at INESC-ID (Systems and Computer Engineering Institute) in Lisbon. I was member of INESC-ID from 1994 to 2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Informatics Engineering (DEI), University of Porto, Portugal

José Gabriel Coutinho

José Gabriel de Figueiredo Coutinho, Research Associate, Imperial College. He is involved in the EU FP7 HARNESS project to intergrate heterogeneous hardware and network technologies into data centre platforms, to vastly increase performance, reduce energy consumption, and lower cost profiles for important and high-value cloud applications such as real-time business analytics and the geosciences. His research interests include database functionality on heterogeneous systems, cloud computing resource management, and performance-driven mapping strategies.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Associate, Imperial College, London, UK

Pedro Diniz

Pedro C. Diniz received his M.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Technical University in Lisbon, Portugal and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Computer Science in 1997. Since 1997 he has been a researcher with the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) and an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California. He has lead and participated in many research projects funded by the U.S. government and the European Union (UE) and has authored or co-authored many internationally recognized scientific journal papers and over 100 international conference papers. Over the years he has been heavily involved in the scientific community in the area of high-performance computing, reconfigurable and field-programmable computing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) and Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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