The concept of SHIM was extracted from a Japanese government funded
to build a standardized ecosystem to support a manycore
hardware/software platform. Initial recipients of this funding were
eSOL, Nagoya University, Renesas Electronics, and TOPS Systems. Looking
to expand the effort and develop a more comprehensive infrastructure,
Masaki Gondo, Software CTO and GM of Technology at eSOL, volunteered to
chair the SHIM Working Group within the Multicore Association.
Currently, the member companies participating in the SHIM WG include
Cavium, CriticalBlue, eSOL, Freescale Semiconductor, Mentor Graphics,
Nagoya University, Nokia Siemens Networks, PolyCore Software, Renesas
Electronics, Texas Instruments, TOPS Systems, Vector Fabrics, Wind
River, and Xilinx.
“Through our work at eSOL, we have long realized the great benefit of
having a standard model for describing hardware architectural features.
At a minimum, SHIM will enable us to more easily support successive
generations of SoCs from semiconductor vendors without requiring
extensive development tool upgrades,” said Masaki Gondo. “The
participants in the SHIM working group are highly motivated to develop
the SHIM standard, as it will serve a critical need in the embedded
“The lack of high-quality and portable tools has kept system developers
from fully utilizing the various multicore and manycore devices,” said
Markus Levy, Multicore Association president. “Ultimately, SHIM will
promote highly optimized tools that can provide efficient utilization of
very complex SoCs and eliminate the need for users to comprehend
1000-page manuals to program all the device features.”
Inquiries regarding membership in the Multicore Association and
participation in this working group should be made to Markus Levy (email@example.com).
In line with the other working groups of the MCA, the SHIM specification
will ultimately be publicly available to ensure unconstrained
industry-wide adoption. Participation in this working group will ensure
that your ideas are considered and potentially integrated into the
specification. The working group expects to complete the first SHIM
specification in 2014. For more information, visit http://www.multicore-association.org/workgroup/shim.php.
About The Multicore Association
The Multicore Association provides a neutral forum for vendors
interested in, working with, and/or proliferating multicore-related
products, including processors, infrastructure, devices, software, and
applications. The consortium has made freely available its Multicore
Communications API (MCAPI) Multicore Resource Management API (MRAPI),
and Multicore Task Management (MTAPI) specifications, as well as its
Multicore Programming Practices (MPP) guide. In addition to the SHIM
working group, the organization has active working groups focused on
Multicore Virtualization, Multicore Communications (Version 2.x), and
Tools Infrastructure (TIWG).
Members include Abo Akademi University, Advanced Cluster Systems,
Broadcom, Carnegie Mellon University, Cavium, Codeplay, CriticalBlue,
Delft University of Technology, EADS North America, Ecole Polytechnique
de Montreal, EfficiOS, Enea, Ericsson, eSOL, Freescale Semiconductor,
Huawei, Imagination Technologies, Institute of Electronics and
Telecommunications of Rennes, LG Electronics Co, Lockheed Martin, LSI,
Mentor Graphics, Nagoya University, National Instruments, Netronome,
Nokia Siemens Networks, PolyCore Software, Qualcomm, Renesas
Electronics, Siemens AG, Texas Instruments, TOPS Systems, University of
Houston, Vector Fabrics, and Wind River. Further information is
available at www.multicore-association.org.
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