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"Compiler challenges fo the NXP Trimedia architecture" Joachim Trescher, NXP, Eindhoven

  • Colloquium Series
When Nov 29, 2007
from 03:30 PM to 04:30 PM
Where JCMB, ROOM 2511
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Joachim Trescher
NXP. Eindhoven

Compiler challenges fo the NXP Trimedia architecture


In addition to the challenges of traditional software development for large systems, the developers of embedded systems have to face stringent resource constraints, high reliability requirements and competitive time-to-market conditions. Compilers play a major part in the construction of these software systems, directly influencing key performance parameters like quality, efficiency, code size, power consumption and lead time. This holds in particular for multi-media applications where parallelism is the only way to keep up with the real-time requirements of audio and video processing. Today, however, the most commonly used high-level programming language for embedded systems remains sequential in nature, calling for the use of advanced compilers to map sequential source code onto parallel processor architectures.

In this talk I will give an introduction to the TriMedia VLIW architecture that is the heart of the NXP digital media processing strategy. I will then discuss the challenges that need to be solved to enable application developers to write and maintain production quality consumer strength applications in C/C++ without resorting to assembly language.


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