Santa Clara, Ca. - Responding to increasing calls from embedded system developers, a new industry group - The Multicore Association - will meet here next week to begin work on standards for inter-processor communications, debug and other software development tools and building blocks.
The association is the outgrowth of informal meetings over the last six months. According to Tomas Evensen, CTO at Wind River Systems, Inc., the focus will be on developing non-proprietary implementations within which products from multiple vendors can work together.
According to Marcus Levy, founder and president of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, the group has set its initial focus on multitasking and communications application program interfaces
(APIs) and debug, with the goal of eventually providing a forum in which all relevant embedded multi-core standardization issues can be discussed and resolved.
“As multi-core becomes more prevalent and more vendors are working together to create solutions,” he said, “the need for industry-standard approaches to interfaces, tools, and other challenging technical issues
is becoming more urgent and will become increasingly relevant as multi-core implementations find their way into a larger set of applications.”
He said the scope of The Multicore Association’s domain will be implementations that use two or more processing elements. These include, but are not limited to, heterogeneous and homogeneous multiprocessor systems, co-processors, and hardware accelerators.
On the agenda for the assciations first formal meeting on November 30 will be discussions in three workgroups that have already formed around the issues of the multitasking and communication API, the debug API, and the Transparent Inter Process Communication (TIPC) protocol.
The association is also sponsoring an industry conference, the Multicore Expo, to be held March 21-23, 2006 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
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