From Markus Levy

September 2011


  • First EEMBC Hosted Workshop on Benchmarking Embedded Processors and Systems
  • Update on BrowsingBench
  • CoreMark Downloads Exceed 5000
  • New CoreMark™ Scores
  • Upcoming Events and Recent News

First EEMBC Hosted Workshop on Benchmarking Embedded Processors and Systems

EEMBC will host a one-day workshop “Benchmark Methods to Analyze Embedded Processors and Systems (BMAEPS), in conjunction with the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE) and SPEC. The workshop, which takes place on April 22, 2012 in Boston, MA, will focus on the use of benchmarks, providing a forum for researchers and industry to discuss issues related to performance and energy analysis of systems and processors. Call for papers is open now and until December 9, 2011.

In the previous newsletter, we announced the availability of BrowsingBench, our latest benchmark suite targeted at Smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. While this easy-to-use and sophisticated benchmark continues to garner the support of the industry, we are diligently working on an enhanced version that will scientifically measure battery life. If you’re not an EEMBC member yet, join now and participate in this working group effort.

CoreMark downloads have exceeded 5000, clearly indicating its widespread, international usage among engineers testing embedded processors. [Secret information: we’re currently discussing other CoreMark family benchmarks.]

As of today, users have posted over 260 CoreMark scores, benchmarking the performance of a wide variety of embedded processors from the industry’s most competitive players, including AMD, Analog Devices, ARM, Broadcom, Freescale, Fujitsu, IBM, Infineon, Intel, Marvell, Microchip, MIPS, Nvidia, NXP, Renesas, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and VIA Technologies. Here are the processor scores that have been posted since our previous newsletter:

Processor Compiler
Freescale Kinetis K60 90nm Green Hills Multi v6.0.0
STMicroelectronics STM32F417IGt6 MDK-ARM
Xilinx MicroBlaze 7.10d in Virtex4-FX20 FPGA, 5-stage pipeline, 16K/16K cache GCC 4.1.2 20070214 Xilinx 12.3 Build EDK_MS3.66
IBM PowerPC 405 GCC 4.1.1 20060524 Xilinx 12.1 Build EDK_M.13
Adapteva EpihanyIII (E16G301) GCC 4.7.0
Texas Instruments OMAP4430 (Cortex-A9 MPCore) GCC 4.5.2
AMD Phenom II X6 1090T GCC 4.4.5
Intel Core i7 860 GCC 4.5.1 20100924 (Red Hat 4.5.1-4)
Renesas SH7724 Code Sourcery GCC 4.4.1
Renesas RX610 KPIT GNURX v11.02 Windows Tool Chain (ELF)
Intel Core i5 GCC4.1.2 20080704 (Red Hat 4.1.2-46)
Intel Atom Processor E660T GCC version 4.4.5
Zoran SupraHD 795 (dual core) Codesourcery 2011.03-95

The Linley Tech Processor Conference returns to San Jose on October 5-6, 2011. Co-sponsored by EEMBC, the two-day event focuses on processors and related technologies for networking and communications applications. Attendees will hear presentations addressing various types of processor architecture and design, semiconductor intellectual property, and related technologies used in these applications.

Multicore Virtual Conference Invitation On October 20, 2011, EEMBC president, Markus Levy, will co-moderate a live virtual event “Keep your Finger on the Pulse of Multicore”. In this free event, we’ve brought together leaders in hardware, software, and tools solutions for multicore who will share the latest trials and techniques.

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