Keeping pace with the rapidly evolving embedded market is a continual challenge for those involved in embedded processor benchmarking, and this is especially true when it comes to multicore benchmarking and power/energy measurements.
Within EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, work is now underway to develop multicore processor benchmarks that address both heterogeneous and homogenous processor implementations. A simultaneous effort is also underway, within a separate organization, to develop standards that will support the development of multicore platforms. These standards will initially address multicore debugging, on the chip and system level, and they will also address the issues of messaging and synchronization and how standards for scalable APIs could be leveraged and developed for embedded systems.
On the power front, EEMBC is nearing the release of its specification for performing standardized power measurements on embedded platforms. Significantly, these measurements are performed while the platform is running the EEMBC benchmarks, thus helping to simultaneously characterize the performance and energy profile of a processor. But the real success of EEMBC's power measurements is that they work in a consistent manner, and, when released, will have been agreed to by the majority of vendors in the processor market.
About the speaker:
Markus Levy is founder and president of EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (http://www.eembc.org). He is also technical editorial director for IQ Magazine, as well as chairman of the ARM Developer's Conference. Mr. Levy has more than nine years of experience working with EDN Magazine and Instat/MDR, and is a very seasoned editor and analyst with a proven record of processor and development tool analysis, article writing, and the delivery of countless technical seminars. Beginning in 1987, Mr. Levy worked for Intel Corporation as both a senior applications engineer and customer training specialist for Intel's microprocessor and flash memory products. While at Intel, he received several patents for his ideas related to flash memory architecture and usage as a disk drive alternative. Mr. Levy is also co-author of Designing with Flash Memory, the only technical book on this subject.