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τ C: C with Process Network Extensions for Embedded Manycores

Elsevier B.V.
DOI: 10.1016/j.procs.2014.05.099
  • Manycore
  • Programming Model
  • Process Networks
  • Compiler Toolchain
  • Computer Science


Abstract Current and future embedded manycore systems bring complex and heterogeneous architectures with a large number of processing cores, making both parallel programming at this scale and understanding the architecture itself a daunting task. Process Networks and other dataflow based Models of Computation (MoC) are a good base to present a universal model of the underlying manycore architectures to the programmer. If a language exposes a simple to grasp MoC in a consistent way across architectures, the programmer can concentrate the efforts on optimizing the expression of parallelism in the application instead of porting code to a given system. In this paper, we present a process network extension to C called τ C and its mapping to both a POSIX target and the P2012/STHORM platform, and show how the language offers an architecture independent solution of this problem.

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