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VxWorks 6.6 SMP

Posted: 08 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:6.6 SMP VxWorks? multicore? processor?

We're at the beginning of a very important marketplace trendgrowth in the use of multiprocessing. More and more devices will be designed using multicore processors to get to the next level of device performance. This document explores multicore technology and the choices and challenges it presents to the device software developer, and how the symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) features in Wind River's VxWorks platforms enable VxWorks users to move into this exciting new area of technology.

VxWorks SMP is an add-on product to all VxWorks 6.6-based platforms. It is an evolution of the VxWorks RTOS to provide SMP capabilities, not a new operating system. VxWorks SMP leverages multicore processors to achieve true concurrent execution of applications, allowing applications to gain performance through parallelism. Users may purchase it either with the base VxWorks 6.6 platform or any time after. Once installed, users can develop on both VxWorks uniprocessor (UP) and SMP according to their project needs.

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