Association™ announces availability of the Multicore Programming
Practices (MPP) guide to provide developers with a detailed set of best
practices for writing multicore-ready embedded software. The MPP
guide, collectively written by a wide range of industry experts,
outlines how to migrate applications to multicore platforms and shares
industry-proven techniques that help reduce development costs.
The software developer is responsible for achieving increasing
performance gains when upgrading processors. Developers must implement
significant software modifications, which involves program analysis and
rethinking the design, debug, and performance optimizations. Under tight
deadlines, many developers continue to use C/C++ rather than learn a new
parallel programming language or re-architect the application to support
widespread concurrency. As a result, many developers adopt an
evolutionary approach that uses existing programming tools and
The Multicore Association MPP guide completely embraces this
evolutionary approach. It includes best practices for writing
multicore-ready software using C/C++ without extensions, ensuring that
the application can be more easily compiled across a range of multicore
processor platforms, speeding time to market and ensuring portability.
The MPP guide also serves as a framework for transitioning from serial
to parallel applications and provides common pitfalls, possible
solutions, and avoidance tactics to reduce bugs and minimize debugging
“While the industry continues to make important long-term research into
new programming languages and methodologies, the MPP guide tackles how
existing embedded C/C++ code may be written to be ‘multicore ready’
today,” said Multicore Association president Markus Levy. “One of the
major things that distinguishes this guide from all other multicore
books is that it was written by committee. The industry experts who make
up the MPP working group worked together to ensure completeness,
usefulness, and industry-wide compatibility that will help save
development time and costs while easing the industry’s move to even
Four years ago, the Multicore Association formed The Multicore
Programming Practices working
group to develop a multicore software-programming guide that would
improve consistency and understanding of multicore programming issues.
Co-chairs David Stewart (CEO of CriticalBlue) and Robert Oshana
(engineering manager at Freescale Semiconductor) carefully assembled the
working group and led the team through a rigorous definition cycle
before jointly writing, reviewing, and approving the 120-page document.
Participating companies in the MPP working group include CriticalBlue,
Freescale, Intel, PolyCore Software, Texas Instruments, and Virtutech
(Wind River). Additional companies who were very active in helping write
the MPP guide include CAPS entreprise, Carnegie Mellon University, and
Mentor Graphics. The working group is open to all Multicore Association
members and welcomes new members interested in continuing to evolve the
Multicore Programming Practices Guide. Contact Markus
Levy for details.
The Multicore Programming Practices Guide is available for download from
the Multicore Association website.
About The Multicore Association
The Multicore Association provides a neutral forum for vendors who are
working with and/or proliferating multicore-related products, including
processors, infrastructure, devices, software, and applications. The
consortium has made available its Multicore Communications API (MCAPI)
and Multicore Resource Management API (MRAPI) specifications through its
website. Members include Abo Akademi University, Advanced Cluster
Systems, Broadcom, Carnegie Mellon University, Cavium Networks,
Codeplay, Delft University of Technology, EADS, Ecole Polytechnique de
Montreal, EfficiOS, Enea, Ericsson, eSOL, Freescale Semiconductor,
Huawei, Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes, LG
Electronics, Lockheed Martin, LSI, Mentor Graphics, MIPS Technologies,
National Instruments, nCore Design, Netronome, Nokia Siemens Networks,
PolyCore Software, Qualcomm, Sage Electronic Engineering, Siemens AG,
Tampere University of Technologies, Texas Instruments, Timing
Architects, UAS Technikum Wien, University of Houston, and Wind River.
Further information is available at www.multicore-association.org.
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