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Webinar dissects Linux multicore migration

Sep 2, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

A free webinar aims to show embedded Linux developers how to migrate existing code to a multi-core environment. Hosted by MontaVista Software, Freescale Semiconductor, and TechOnline, the Sept 11 webinar will use the multi-core Freescale QorIQ P4080 and MPC8641D processors as… examples.

(Click for larger view of the Freescale MPC8641D)

The hour-long webinar will be presented twice on Sept. 11th, with an aim to “help systems engineers evaluate what is important as they make the transition to multi-core,” says MontaVista. Moderated by Richard Nass, editor-in-chief of Embedded Systems Design, the seminar will feature Brad Dixon, director of product management for MontaVista, and Ian Forsyth, senior enablement architect for Freescale.

At the conclusion of the seminar, MontaVista will demonstrate its TestDrive online evaluation system. TestDrive leverages virtual platform technology from Virtutech to enable developers to try out MontaVista Linux and DevRocket tools on their choice of target architectures. The presenters will use TestDrive to demonstrate a virtual evaluation of MontaVista Linux on a Virtutech Simics model of the Freescale MPC8641D and QorIQ P4080 processors.

Both of these Linux-compatible, PowerPC-based system-on-chips (SoCs) were announced by Freescale in recent months. Shipping now, the MPC8640D offers dual e600 cores and is clocked to 1.0-1.25GHz. The PowerQUICC-family SoC is claimed to consume 27 percent less power than the earlier MPC8641D, while offering a 37 percent lower price. The QorIQ meanwhile is presented as a successor to PowerQUICC. Scheduled for beta sampling in the first quarter of 2009, the power-efficient, 45nm-fabricated SoC is built around one to eight e500 cores clocked from 400MHz to 1.5GHz.


The seminar, entitled “Multicore 101: Migrating embedded applications to a multicore environment with Linux,” will be conducted at 7AM and 1PM ET on Sept. 11, says MontaVista. More information and registration may be found here.

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