Embedded designs incorporating several CPUs – either multiple cores on a chip, multiple chips on a board, or a combination of the two – are becoming increasingly common. It’s no secret that software development for multicore systems has its challenges, but fortunately, the industry is working towards sorting out the key issues. In this webinar, we will discuss the background to multicore design, with a focus on symmetrical multi-processing (SMP) compared with asymmetrical multi-processing [AMP] and the software implications, such as the use of multiple operating systems. We will also discuss the specific challenge associated with communication between cores, processes, and threads. An emerging standard from the Multicore Association, the Multicore Communications API (MCAPI), promises to provide a rational way for software developers to implement such communication, even between multiple disparate operating systems. We will demonstrate how to implement MCAPI within the framework of Mentor Graphic’s Nucleus operating system and Linux.

What You Will Learn

  • The basics of multicore designs
  • The key issues and benefits of SMP and AMP
  • Why and how multiple operating systems may be usefully deployed
  • The basics of inter-core communication and MCAPI

Who Should View

  • Embedded developers using or planning to develop multicore and multiprocessor systems
  • Technical managers looking for an industry-standard communications mechanism to ensure portability

About the Presenters
Colin Walls

A Technical Marketing Manager, Colin has over twenty-five years experience in the electronics industry, largely dedicated to embedded software. A frequent presenter at conferences and seminars and author of numerous technical articles and two books on embedded software, Colin is a member of the marketing team of the Mentor Graphics Embedded Systems Division, and is based in the UK.

Markus Levy
Markus Levy is president of The Multicore Association and chairman of Multicore Expo. He is also the founder and president of EEMBC. Mr. Levy was previously a senior analyst at In-Stat/MDR and an editor at EDN magazine, focusing in both roles on processors for the embedded industry. Levy began his career in the semiconductor industry at Intel Corporation, where he served as both a senior applications engineer and customer training specialist for Intel’s microprocessor and flash memory products. He is the co-author of Designing with Flash Memory, and received several patents while at Intel for his ideas related to flash memory architecture and usage as a disk drive alternative.