As demand for Multi-Core platforms and MPSoCs increases, the need for a suitable, cost effective virtualized software development environment has become critical. “We recognized the weaknesses inherent in the current development environments for software running on multi-core parallel platforms. The phenomenal success and support of the OVP initiative confirms OVP is addressing this need,” stated Simon Davidmann, president and CEO, Imperas and founding director of the OVP initiative. “We launched OVP a year ago to provide that infrastructure – free open source models and infrastructure focused on multi-core and speed – for simulating the platforms used for embedded software development. Our open virtual platforms provide a vehicle for embedded software developers, and deliver complete transparency and control over the software being developed. Simulation technology is the key.”
Imperas reports that the success of OVP is prompting processor vendors, OS providers, embedded systems companies and others to increase adoption of simulation technology and virtual platforms as key components in their development environments. Nine companies and institutions have already added their support to the original founding companies, bringing the OVP membership to 27 companies. These include: Cadence, CriticalBlue, Denali, EVE, Forte, MIPS, SpringSoft, Tensilica, Doulos, Posedge Software, VinChip.
“The ease with which users can utilize OVP to build a virtual platform, then integrate OVPsim with Cadence’s Incisive Software eXtensions product, enables much more rigorous and robust verification of hardware/software interactions,” said Ran Avinum, Group Marketing Director at Cadence. Avinum continued, “System and software developers can now take the same industry leading verification technology and methodology being used on the design of their SoC for verification of the virtual platform before sharing it with application developers, or of the complete application software system.”
“Developing software for complex SoCs demands the use of extremely fast virtual platforms. The success of Open Virtual Platforms is addressing these unique requirements,” commented Davidmann. “The availability of fast, vendor certified processor models and the growing library of open source components and platforms demonstrates that the embedded system community recognizes that OVP can help make software developers more productive, ensure higher quality software and dramatically reduce development costs for MPSoCs.”
Chezi Ganesan, President & CEO of VinChip Systems Inc., said: "VinChip, an established developer of hardware IP cores, believes that there is significant opportunity in developing models at a higher level of abstraction. Open Virtual Platforms enables IP providers like VinChip to add more value to our product line."
Year One Milestones:
The primary OVP objective is to enable the industry to build a suitable and effective multi-core virtual platform software development infrastructure. Year one OVP milestones include:
In related news, the success of OVPsim on Windows and requests from the OVP user base for Linux hosted machines has led to its release for non-commercial usage.
Open Virtual Platforms
OVP includes the OVPsim simulator, libraries of models and APIs for developing new models. OVPsim executes platforms, including multicore platforms, at hundreds of millions of instructions per second, providing the speed that software developers require for simulation of embedded systems. Model libraries include everything from individual processor and component models to more complex platforms, such as MIPS Malta development board for running Linux. APIs enable the community to develop models of processors, behavioral components and peripherals, and to connect these together into virtual platforms that run the final target system software binaries unchanged.
About the OVP Initiative ( www.OVPworld.org)
The OVP initiative was founded with a donation by Imperas of approximately $4 million of simulation infrastructure. The goal of organization is to help the industry to build an effective multi-core development infrastructure through the use and adoption of open virtual platform technology. The website serves as a portal for OVP members covering details about the technology, providing a discussion forum for the community, and links to download each component. The technology has the support of electronic design automation (EDA) companies, end users and intellectual property (IP) providers. Detailed quotations regarding OVP are available from http://www.ovpworld.org/newsblog/?p=42.
About Imperas ( www.imperas.com)
Imperas provides methodologies, technologies and products to enable the efficient and effective verification of software functionality and software performance for embedded systems. Its products enable software functional verification, performance profiling, and analysis for embedded software operating on multiprocessor MPSoCs. With an engineering base in the United Kingdom, Imperas distributes its products to customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.imperas.com.
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