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Archive for May, 2009

France, France and France again: RSP 2009, June 23-26, Paris

Posted: Thursday, May 14th, 2009 @ 3:44 pm in Uncategorized | No Comments »

As a European who doesn’t live there, I certainly enjoy visiting Europe whenever I can. And I volunteer to help with perhaps too many programme committees and the like. This year I was asked to review some papers for RSP 2009, June 23-26 in Paris: the 20th. IFIP/IEEE International Symposium on Rapid System Prototyping. (I [...]

The return of “design by contract”

Posted: Monday, May 11th, 2009 @ 8:00 pm in Uncategorized | 5 Comments »

One of the very interesting sessions I saw at DATE 2009 a couple of weeks ago was a panel session on Wednesday 22 April: Session 8.1, Architectures and Integration for Programmable SoCs. During this session, Axel Jantsch of KTH in Sweden made a couple of interesting comments: 2010-2020 will be the golden age for SoC [...]

Is DMA an MoC?

Posted: Friday, May 8th, 2009 @ 2:15 am in Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Something that has interested me the last little while is the whole area of DMA (Direct Memory Access) and its role in multiprocessor/multicore systems, streaming multimedia applications, and the like.   DMA controllers are often programmed at a pretty “close to the metal” level, without a great deal of abstraction.   Sometimes looking at tasks with DMA [...]