Provided by: Association for Computing Machinery
Date Added: Jun 2007
Multiprocessor SoC systems have led to the increasing use of parallel hardware along with the associated software. These approaches have included coprocessor, homogeneous processor (e.g. SMP) and application specific architectures (i.e. DSP, ASIC). ASIPs have emerged as a viable alternative to conventional Processing Entities (PEs) due to its configurability and programmability. In this paper, the authors introduce a heterogeneous multiprocessor system using ASIPs as processing entities in a pipeline configuration. A streaming application is taken and manually broken into a series of algorithmic stages (each of which make up a stage in a pipeline).