Software Development for Embedded Multi-core Systems

1st Edition

A Practical Guide Using Embedded Intel Architecture

Authors: Max Domeika
Paperback ISBN: 9780750685399
eBook ISBN: 9780080558585
Imprint: Newnes
Published Date: 14th April 2008
Page Count: 440
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Description

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 Contents Chapter 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

Key Features

This is the only book to explain software optimization for embedded multi-core systems Helpful tips, tricks and design secrets from an Intel programming expert, with detailed examples using the popular X86 architecture *Covers hot topics, including ultramobile devices, low-power designs, Pthreads vs. OpenMP, and heterogeneous cores

Readership

Software Engineers, Designers, and Managers

Table of 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 Reading Chapter 5 – Scalar Optimization & Usability
Key Points Compiler Optimizations
Optimization Process Case Study: Database
Usability Chapter Summary
*Related Reading Chapter 6 – Parallel Optimization Using Threads <B

Details

No. of pages:
440
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Newnes 2008
Published:
Imprint:
Newnes
eBook ISBN:
9780080558585
Paperback ISBN:
9780750685399

About the Author

Max Domeika

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Software Engineer, Intel Corp.

Awards

Intel Recommended Reading List for Developers, 1st Half 2013 – Books for Software Developers, Intel
Intel Recommended Reading List for Developers, 2nd Half 2013 – Books for Software Developers, Intel
Intel Recommended Reading List for Developers, 1st Half 2014 – Books for Software Developers, Intel