The Multicore Association is forming a new working group called the Software-Hardware Interface for Multi-Many Core (SHIM). The new working group will provide a common interface to abstract the hardware properties that matter to multicore tools. The goal of SHIM is to speed the development of complex multicore and manycore applications.
Vector Fabrics introduced the Pareon development tool. Pareon helps developers by optimizing applications for multicore systems in hours or days instead of weeks or months. With the new Vector Fabrics tool, speed-ups of 1.7x on dual-core and 3.5x on quad-core processors are typical. Pareon will be available on June 18th. Prices start at $1900 for a single-user license. Note: a fully functioning 15-day evaluation copy can be downloaded.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and Freescale Semiconductor are offering a series of webinars. The online seminars will discuss how to make the most of quad core and dual core technologies for next-generation designs. The webcasts are designed for both system architects, and hardware and software engineers. The webinars will demonstrate the best ways to extract the performance potential available from a multicore system, which will enable engineers to design systems that can achieve impressive performance, at a manageable power envelope.
Mentor Graphics and Freescale Semiconductor teamed together to develop a unified workflow methodology for embedded Linux-based development. Mentor Embedded Linux platform, open source tools and services now support Freescale’s Advanced Multi-Processing Series of QorIQ multicore processors. The AMP Series includes 28nm geometries and a new, multi-threaded 64-bit Power Architecture e6500 core with AltiVec technology. The Freescale AMP Series is ideal for networking, industrial and aerospace/military applications.
Vector Fabrics introduced the vfEmbedded cloud-based tool. vfEmbedded enables embedded systems engineers to easily partition and map their software onto complex multicore platforms. The tool will be available as a cloud-based software service on March 1st. vfEmbedded can be accessed with a standard web browser. Pricing starts at €450 per month. A free trial, including several example designs, is available. vfEmbedded is ideal for software designers trying to implement complex algorithms and codecs onto a given platform.
Synopsys Platform Architect now features Multicore Optimization Technology. Platform Architect with Multicore Optimization Technology is ideal for performance analysis and early definition of multicore system architectures in SystemC. The new solution enables SoCs, chipsets and systems designers to capture hardware/software performance models of multicore system architectures in the early concept phase for robust performance measurement and trade-off analysis, months prior to software availability.
Express Logic launched TraceX/MC, which is a multicore enabled and expanded version of their TraceX graphical real-time event analysis tool. TraceX/MC enables embedded developers to visualize and better understand the behavior of real-time systems by showing thread and core activity graphically across a common timescale. TraceX/MC runs on the Microsoft Windows operation system. Licenses cost $1,000 per developer seat, with no license keys required.
Infolytica introduced version 7 of MagNet electromagnetic field simulation software. MagNet v7 now includes additional support for multicore processors and modeling nonlinear surface impedances. MagNet v7 features new parallel computing 3D solvers which are optimized to take full advantage of multicore processors. For computational intensive design problems, the simulation time is reduced significantly due to better management of the cores. MagNet v7.1 is now available for PC’s running Microsoft Windows 7, XP, and Vista.
Synopsys introduced new capabilities for their System Studio C/C++ model-based analysis and simulation environment. System Studio now supports matrix and vector data-type, which reduces the coding and debugging effort necessary to author signal processing simulation models. In addition, System Studio integrates highly efficient parallelized matrix and vector function libraries optimized for multicore systems. The function libraries speed up simulation performance by up to eight times (8x).
CoFluent Design has developed a new methodology that combines the OMG’s (Object Management Group) standards UML (Unified Modeling Language), SysML (System Modeling Language), and MARTE (Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems) profile. By offering a link from UML to CoFluent Studio and its automatic SystemC code generation, CoFluent Design makes UML models executable and applicable for multicore system virtualization and performance prediction.