Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International (2001)
San Francisco, California, USA
Apr. 23, 2001 to Apr. 27, 2001
The demise of transputer marks an end to a leading multi-processor component in the industry. This has led many companies to design their own processing nodes to substitute transputer in their production line. Companies like Quantel has chosen the StrongARM processor as the main processor for the replacement unit in their distributed control system, for real-time video and audio editing. To retain the software invested over the years, while the hardware changes, an extra layer of software is required to bridge the gap, which provides the functionality of a transputer system while hiding the hardware from the application. This paper describes an industrial project that ports the existing transputer?s application to the new parallel system, without major modification to the old application codes. A section in this paper describes the layer of the operating system involved in providing the transputer?s micro-coded functionality while exploiting the potential of the new hardware system. Another section explains the tasks involved in porting this application. The results are then discussed, with the performance issues and future undertakings noted.
S. Clark, E. Liew and B. O' Neill, "Porting Transputer Application to Multi-Processors StrongARM system," Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, International(IPDPS), San Francisco, California, USA, 2001, pp. 30113b.