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Kurt Shuler Arteris Intel TI MIT USAFAKurt Shuler is the VP of marketing at Arteris. 

He has held senior roles at Intel, Texas Instruments, ARC International and two startups, Virtio and Tenison. Before working in high technology, Kurt flew as an air commando in the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Forces.

Kurt earned a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Asymmetric Multiprocessing with Heterogeneous Architectures: Use the Best Core for the Job

  
  
  

Often, the term “multiprocessing” is associated with tightly-coupled symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) architectures, due in large part to SMP’s prevalence in high-performance computing, x86/x64 servers, and PCs. Unfortunately, SMP’s incremental performance scaling for most applications decreases significantly with increasing numbers of cores. This lack of scalability has prompted many processor companies to avoid purely SMP solutions for their mobile and consumer electronics applications. Instead, they have implemented asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) architectures to make more efficient use of silicon.

Putting the “Heterogeneous” in the HSA Foundation

  
  
  

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In September’s article, SMP, Asymmetric Multiprocessing, and the HSA Foundation, I explained why symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) architectures have been popular in PC and server markets, and why heterogeneous or asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) has been the norm in mobility and consumer electronics markets. I also explained the trends that are leading PC and server markets to adopt heterogeneous architectures and introduced the HSA Foundation’s goal of making heterogeneous core chips easy to program.

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