OpenMPCon’s third keynote on Embedded Computing with OpenMP

OpenMPCon  this month aims to bring a stellar lineup of the latest industry gurus, users and developers together with the language designers. As such we have 3 keynotes along with two full day tutorial and a day and a half of talks. You cans see the first keynote, tutorial and the first of three talks here. We also posted the second of three keynotes by Professor William Tang of Princeton University as well as the second series of three talks.

In this post, I would like to announce the third keynote by Exas Instrument’s Eric Stotzer on Towards Programming Embedded Systems with OpenMP.

Software for embedded systems is more complex than in the past, as more functions are implemented on the same device. This talk will provide an overview of the characteristics of embedded systems and discuss features that could be added to OpenMP to enable it to better serve as a programming model for these systems. Embedded systems typically are constrained by among other things real-time deadlines, power-limitations and limited memory resources. Today OpenMP is not able to express these types of constraints. Embedded systems applications can be broadly classified as event-driven or compute and data intensive. OpenMP is well suited to expressing the parallel execution that is demanded by compute and data intensive applications. However, extensions are needed for event-driven applications, such as automotive embedded systems, where the behavior is characterized by a defined sequence of responses to a given incoming event from the environment. While the actions performed may not be compute or data intensive, they tend to have strict real-time constraints. The use of multicore technology has increased the design space and performance of Multiprocessor Systems-on-Chip (MPSoCs) that are targeted at embedded applications. A natural extension is to adapt the device construct added in OpenMP 4.0 to support the mapping of different software tasks, or components, to various processor cores.

Eric Stotzer (Ph.D. Computer Science) is a member of the Software Development Organization’s Compiler team.  He has been at TI 25 years working on software development tools, compilers, architectures, and parallel programming models.

Please consider attending by signing up here. In the mean time, we are looking for student and volunteers to help with the conference. Please connect with OpenMPCon if you wish to help.

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