WCET 2009

June 30th, 2009       Dublin, Ireland (just before ECRTS'09) organised and funded by ARTIST 

Invited talk

  • Predictable Implementation of Real-Time Applications on Multiprocessor Systems on Chip
    Petru Eles (Linköping University)

Worst-case execution time (WCET) analysis and, in general, the predictability of real-time applications implemented on multiprocessor systems has been addressed only in very restrictive and particular contexts. One important aspect that makes the analysis difficult is the estimation of the system’s communication behavior. The traffic on the bus does not solely originate from data transfers due to data dependencies between tasks, but is also affected by memory transfers as result of cache misses. As opposed to the analysis performed for a single processor system, where the cache miss penalty can be bounded by analyzing one task in isolation, in a multiprocessor system each cache miss has a penalty which, potentially, depends on the bus contention generated by all active tasks. This affects the tasks’ WCET which, however, is needed in order to perform system scheduling. At the same time, the WCET depends on the system schedule due to the bus interference. In this context, we present an approach to worst-case execution time analysis and system scheduling for real-time applications implemented on multiprocessor SoC architectures. We will also address the bus scheduling policy and its optimization, which are of huge importance for the performance of such predictable multiprocessor applications.

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