Worst Case Delay Analysis for Memory Interference in Multicore Systems

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Topic: Hardware
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Employing COTS components in real-time embedded systems leads to timing challenges. When multiple CPU cores and DMA peripherals run simultaneously, contention for access to main memory can greatly increase a task's WCET. In this paper, the authors introduce an analysis methodology that computes upper bounds to task delay due to memory contention. First, an arrival curve is derived for each core representing the maximum memory traffic produced by all tasks executed on it. Arrival curves are then combined with a representation of the cache behavior for the task under analysis to generate a delay bound.

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