Embedded Computing: A VLIW Approach to Architecture, Compilers and Tools
"Embedded Computing is enthralling in its clarity and exhilarating in its scope. If the technology you are working on is associated with VLIWs or "embedded computing", then clearly it is imperative that you read this book. If you are involved in computer system design or programming, you must still read this book, because it will take you to places where the views are spectacular. You don't necessarily have to agree with every point the authors make, but you will understand what they are trying to say, and they will make you think.”
From the Foreword by Robert Colwell, R&E Colwell & Assoc. Inc
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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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
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