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CTOs mull multicore issues at devcon

Sep 10, 2007 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Four technical leaders in the embedded software and tools market will discuss multi-core enablement in an epic two-hour forum at the first-ever developer's conference later this month. On the table will be several factors impeding broader adoption of multicore in embedded, organizers say.

The Developer's Conference is set for Sept. 24-25 in Austin, Texas. The Conference's approximately 70 sessions are arranged around seven themes, of which “Multi-core paradigm shift” is one.

The two-hour panel will be held on Tuesday, the 25th. It will be moderated by Eric Heikkila, director of embedded research at market analyst firm Venture Development Corporation (VDC). Panel participants include:

  • Jim Ready, CTO of MontaVista
  • David Kleidermacher, CTO at Green Hills Software
  • Michel Genard, VP at Virtutech
  • Tomas Evensen, CTO at Wind River Systems

Topics slated for discussion, according to organizers, include factors impeding the broader use of multicore processors in embedded systems, such as “the need for technology standards, SMP scaling beyond six cores, and C/C++ coding.”

Heikkila stated, “These experts will discuss how to close the growing gap between multicore processors, which are maturing, and the supporting software, which is still comparably nascent.”

According to Fawzi Behmann, who chairs the marketing committee, “It is increasingly clear that Multicore technology will gain mainstream adoption only as enablement technology catches up to hardware advances.”

Details about the conference program can be found here.

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