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Operating System Mechanisms for Many-Core Systems

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2012 / STTR
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Real-time Innovations, Inc.
232 East Java Drive Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1318
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
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Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Operating System Mechanisms for Many-Core Systems
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: FA8750-12-C-0149
Award Amount: $99,609.00


As recent technology trends usher us into the many-core era, novel techniques are needed for high-performance applications to exploit massive local concurrency. To position software applications to run faster on machines with more cores requires substantial restructuring of software applications, middleware, and the operating system. Contemporary operating systems are not designed to run on hundreds or thousands of cores. New operating system mechanisms must be developed to handle scheduling, resource sharing, and communication in a many-core system. The solution must help the application developer create concurrent software and must be easy to use. Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and the University of North Carolina (UNC) Real-Time Systems Group are teaming together to create mechanisms for scheduling and communication for many-core systems that is scalable, high-performance, and adaptable. Our solution has three key innovations: a component architecture, a smart scheduler, and a high-throughput communication infrastructure. The component architecture will help developers to partition applications into concurrent components. The smart scheduler will assign components to clusters of cores to efficiently use the underlying processing capacity. Finally, the high-throughput communication infrastructure will optimize data transfer between components. Our solution will be implemented in Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware to simplify application development.

Principal Investigator:

Sumant Tambe
Lead Research Engineer
(408) 990-7429

Business Contact:

Catherine Mekler
VP Operations
(408) 990-7422
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Real-Time Innovations
385 Moffett Park Drive, Suite 115 Sunnyvale, CA 94089-

EIN/Tax ID: 770279943
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of North Carolina
Room FB112 Brooks Building
CB #3175
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3175
Contact: Robert Anderson
Contact Phone: (919) 962-1757