Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

M. Delvai, W. Huber, P. Puschner, A. Steininger:
"Processor Support for Temporal Predictability - The SPEAR Design Example";
Talk: 15th Euromicro Conference on Real-Time Systems, Porto, Portugal; 2003-07-02 - 2003-07-04; in: "Proceedings of the 15 Euromicro International Conference on Real-Time Systems", (2003), 169 - 176.

English abstract:
The demand for predictable timing behavior is characteristic for real-time applications. Experience has shown that this property cannot be achieved by software alone but rather requires support from the processor. This situation is analyzed and mapped to a design rationale for SPEAR (Scalable Processor for Embedded Applications in Real-time Environments), a processor that has been designed to meet the specific temporal demands of real-time systems. At the hardware level, SPEAR guarantees interrupt response with minimum temporal jitter and minimum delay. Furthermore, the processor provides an instruction set that only has constant-time instructions. At the software level, SPEAR supports the implementation of temporally predictable code according to the single-path programming paradigm. Altogether these features support writing of code with minimal jitter and provide the basis for exact temporal predictability. Experimental results show that SPEAR indeed exhibits the anticipated highly predictable timing behavior.

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