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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/11166

Title: Automatic Task Formation Techniques for the Multi-level Computing Architecture
Authors: Stewart, Kirk
Advisor: Abdelrahman, Tarek S.
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Keywords: compiler optimization
task-level parallelism
multimedia
automatic parallelization
software
programming
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2008
Abstract: The Multi-Level Computing Architecture (MLCA) is a multiprocessor system-on-chip architecture designed for multimedia applications. It provides a programming model that simplifies the process of writing parallel applications by eliminating the need for explicit synchronization. However, developers must still invest effort to design applications that fully exploit the MLCA’s multiprocessing capabilities. We present a set of compiler techniques to streamline the process of developing applications for the MLCA. We present an algorithm to automatically partition a sequential application into tasks that can be executed in parallel. We also present code generation algorithms to translate annotated, sequential C code to the MLCA’s programming model. We provide an experimental evaluation of these techniques, performed with a prototype compiler based upon the open-source ORC compiler and integrated with the MLCA Optimizing Compiler. This evaluation shows that the performance of automatically generated code compares favourably to that of manually written code.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/11166
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