Green Hills Software Announces Multicore TimeMachine Trace Tools for MIPS and
Extends Award-Winning Tool Suite With Multicore Debug and Analysis
SANTA BARBARA, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/16/13 -- Green Hills
Software, the largest independent vendor of embedded software
solutions, today announced broad multicore enhancements to their
industry-leading trace-based debugger, TimeMachine(TM) tool suite.
Multicore TimeMachine support brings unprecedented visibility into
the complex interactions of software running on multicore MIPS and
Renesas RH850 and V850 processors, resulting in faster time-to-market
and higher reliability for multicore-based firmware products. For SoC
designers, multicore TimeMachine is a powerful tool to assist with
pre-tape-out chip verification, reducing risk, time-to-market, and
time to accelerate silicon sales. TimeMachine advanced scripting
capabilities allow for automated testing on virtual platforms.
"Imagination is delighted that our long-time partner Green Hills is
making its multicore TimeMachine tools available for MIPS CPUs.
Multicore and multi-threaded MIPS cores provide high-performance,
efficient processing across a wide range of embedded and consumer
products. With multicore TimeMachine, developers creating software
for these processors have a new level of visibility and control, with
the ability to debug, optimize, and test code in powerful new ways,"
said Tony King-Smith, EVP of marketing, Imagination Technologies,
which recently acquired MIPS Technologies, Inc., and with it the
industry-standard MIPS microprocessor architecture.
For software developers, multicore TimeMachine enables developers to
visualize, replay, and debug their software's execution backward in
time across multiple cores within an SoC. The TimeMachine suite
enables firmware engineers to quickly find bugs and inefficiencies in
multicore systems. As part of the Green Hills Software MULTI(R) IDE
(integrated development environment), this capability enables
multicore bugs to be easily and quickly eliminated. Without the
trace-based visibility of TimeMachine, the complex interactions
between multiple heterogeneous cores are difficult to see, resulting
in long turn-around times on software defects.
The TimeMachine debugger allows the user to synchronously step
forward and backward on all cores, to set software and hardware
breakpoints and to run forwards or backwards, so all cores
synchronously stop upon hitting the breakpoint. As a result the user
can see what all cores are doing before and upon hitting those
breakpoints. Developers can optimize their program through profiling
information derived non-intrusively from gigabytes of trace data.
Beyond debugging, confidence for completeness in testing can be
obtained from code coverage data also derived non-intrusively from
the trace data.
"For the past decade, TimeMachine has been the premier tool in the
embedded industry for tracking down the most difficult bugs -- those
intermittent and hard to reproduce problems that so often cause
software to be late or buggy. Those difficult bugs have only become
more complicated over the years as software is running across
multiple cores on extremely complex devices. Multicore TimeMachine
allows the execution of all cores on the SoC to be replayed
repeatedly, and for the first time giving developers the control and
visibility required to efficiently solve the most difficult
problems," commented Tim Reed, vice president of Advanced Products,
Green Hills Software.
The TimeMachine debugger provides developers the
ability to run and step an application back in time after a failure
occurs, allowing easy identification of its root cause. This avoids
the tedious and open-ended process of trial-and-error debugging
required by previous generations of debuggers. The TimeMachine suite
also includes a number of visualization tools, such as the
PathAnalyzer, which bring to light complex system execution flow,
making it easier to locate and mitigate performance bottlenecks.
About SuperTrace Probe
The SuperTrace(TM) probe supports trace ports
running at speeds beyond 300 MHz, collecting enormous amounts of
trace data while the CPU executes at full speed. TimeMachine then
analyzes the trace data to reconstruct the code execution steps that
the processor followed. The SuperTrace probe provides both a means of
controlling the processor's trace logic and a channel for capturing
trace data while the processor is running. In addition to the trace
features, the SuperTrace probe also includes all the run-control
features of the Green Hills probe.
Probe and multicore enhancements are available today for ARM, MIPS,
PowerPC, and Renesas processors.
About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is
the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In
2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY(R)-178B RTOS was the first and only
operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information
Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL 6+, High
Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any
software product. Our open architecture integrated development
solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and
high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical,
industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that
demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is
headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the
United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at www.ghs.com.
Green Hills, the Green Hills logo, MULTI, INTEGRITY, TimeMachine, and
SuperTrace are trademarks or registered trademarks of Green Hills
Software in the U.S. and/or internationally. All other trademarks are
the property of their respective owners.
Green Hills Software
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