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Towards Migrating Legacy Real-Time Systems to Multi-Core Platforms

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Conference/Workshop Paper

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Proceedings of the Work-In-Progress (WIP) session of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA08)

Publisher:

IEEE Industrial Electronics Society


Abstract

Power consumption and thermal problems limit the single-core processors to be faster. Processor architects are therefore moving toward multi-core processors. Developers of embedded real-time systems however hesitates a shift to multi-core processors, especially for existing “legacy” systems which have been developed with single-core processor assumptions. These systems have been developed and maintained by many developers over many years, and can not easily be replaced due to the huge development investments they represent. In this paper we investigate challenges of migrating complex legacy real-time systems to multi-core architectures. We propose componentization and partitioning to prepare the migration. Componentization groups logically related tasks into components (or subsystems). This provides an abstraction layer from a scheduling perspective, which facilitates migration. Partitioning maps tasks to the different cores on the multi-core processor, maximizing system performance while ensuring correctness.

Bibtex

@inproceedings{Nemati1298,
author = {Farhang Nemati and Johan Kraft and Thomas Nolte},
title = {Towards Migrating Legacy Real-Time Systems to Multi-Core Platforms},
pages = {717--720},
month = {September},
year = {2008},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the Work-In-Progress (WIP) session of the 13th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation (ETFA08)},
publisher = {IEEE Industrial Electronics Society},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/1298-}
}