Embedded Computing: A VLIW Approach to Architecture, Compilers and Tools

Other | January 1, 2005

byFisher, Joseph A., Joseph A. Fisher

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The fact that there are more embedded computers than general-purpose computers and that we are impacted by hundreds of them every day is no longer news. What is news is that their increasing performance requirements, complexity and capabilities demand a new approach to their design.

Fisher, Faraboschi, and Young describe a new age of embedded computing design, in which the processor is central, making the approach radically distinct from contemporary practices of embedded systems design. They demonstrate why it is essential to take a computing-centric and system-design approach to the traditional elements of nonprogrammable components, peripherals, interconnects and buses. These elements must be unified in a system design with high-performance processor architectures, microarchitectures and compilers, and with the compilation tools, debuggers and simulators needed for application development.

In this landmark text, the authors apply their expertise in highly interdisciplinary hardware/software development and VLIW processors to illustrate this change in embedded computing. VLIW architectures have long been a popular choice in embedded systems design, and while VLIW is a running theme throughout the book, embedded computing is the core topic. Embedded Computing examines both in a book filled with fact and opinion based on the authors many years of R&D experience.

· Complemented by a unique, professional-quality embedded tool-chain on the authors' website, http://www.vliw.org/book
· Combines technical depth with real-world experience
· Comprehensively explains the differences between general purpose computing systems and embedded systems at the hardware, software, tools and operating system levels.
· Uses concrete examples to explain and motivate the trade-offs.

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The fact that there are more embedded computers than general-purpose computers and that we are impacted by hundreds of them every day is no longer news. What is news is that their increasing performance requirements, complexity and capabilities demand a new approach to their design. Fisher, Faraboschi, and Young describe a new age of...

CLIFF YOUNG works for D. E. Shaw Research and Development, LLC, a member of the D. E. Shaw group of companies, on projects involving special-purpose, high-performance computers for computational biochemistry. Before his current position, he was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey. He received A.B...

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Format:OtherDimensions:712 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 2005Publisher:Morgan KaufmannLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080477542

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Embedded Processing
Chapter 2: An Overview of VLIW and ILP
Chapter 3: An Overview of ISA Design
Chapter 4: Architectural Structures in ISA design
Chapter 5: Microarchitecture Design
Chapter 6: System Design and Simulation
Chapter 7: Embedded Compiling and Toolchains
Chapter 8: Compiling for VLIWs and ILP
Chapter 9: The Run-time System
Chapter 10: Application Design and Customization
Chapter 11: Application Areas
Appendix A: The VEX System
Appendix B: Glossary
Appendix C: Bibliography