From Markus Levy

EEMBC BenchPress
November 2016



  • Security Benchmarks for IoT
  • Benchmark to Evaluate Performance and Latency of IoT Gateways
  • Codeplay Joins EEMBC Heterogeneous Compute Benchmark Group
  • STMicro Launches new STM32H7 with a CoreMark Score of 2010
  • Compiler Benchmarking with Somnium Technologies
  • EEMBC in the News
  • On-Location with EEMBC
  • EEMBC Expands its In-house Testing Services

Security Benchmarks for IoT

"The market for IoT security products is currently small but is growing rapidly as both consumers and businesses use connected devices in ever greater numbers and realize their vulnerabilities," said Ruggero Contu, research director at Gartner. "Gartner forecasts that 6.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2016, up 30 percent from 2015, and will reach 11.4 billion by 2018. However, considerable variation exists among different industry sectors as a result of different levels of prioritization and security awareness."

In support of the IoT industry, EEMBC is developing a new benchmark to ensure optimum efficiency of security implementations in IoT devices:

  1. Measures performance, energy, and memory overhead of implementing security on an IoT edge node device.
  2. Will help analyze the optimal combination of microcontroller, hardware, and/or software security products.
  3. Targets various IoT profiles (wearables, medical, industrial, etc.).
  4. EEMBC project chair: Mike Borza (member of technical staff, security IP of Synopsys)
  5. Participating member companies: Analog Devices, ARM, C-Sky Microsystems, Flex, Intel, Microchip, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP, Redpine Signals, Renesas, Silicon Labs, STMicroelectronics, Synopsys, and Texas Instruments.
For more information.

Benchmark to Evaluate Performance and Latency of IoT Gateways

“The EEMBC IoT gateway benchmark will standardize assumptions about gateway operational conditions to ensure meaningful comparisons between gateway products,” said Paul Teich, Principal Analyst, Tirias Research and technical advisor to EEMBC. “Today, without this standardized methodology, IoT gateway benchmarking is not realistic, with buyers having to guess about each gateway’s potential performance for things such as sensor fusion, type of processing workloads, and how much data traffic to manage.”

The EEMBC IoT Gateway working group is chaired by Rory Rudolph, senior systems engineer at Dell. “When developing an Internet of Things (IoT) gateway benchmark, it's important to consider appropriate use cases. Because IoT use cases are incredibly diverse and involve combinations of hardware and software, the industry needs multiple benchmarks based on specific application profiles, said Mr. Rudolph. “Having this benchmark suite will greatly help purchasing managers and solution developers find the best products for their application requirements.”

For more information.

Codeplay Joins EEMBC Heterogeneous Compute Benchmark Group

Codeplay Software has joined the EEMBC Heterogeneous Compute working group, focused on developing benchmarks targeting compute-intensive applications such as vision processing for ADAS and autonomous vehicles, machine learning and other image analysis solutions. Codeplay is a company that is internationally recognized for expertise in heterogeneous systems, and has many years of experience in the development of compilers, runtimes, debuggers, test systems, and other specialized tools.

“We have informally collaborated with EEMBC for many years on various benchmark projects, but when EEMBC began this heterogeneous compute benchmark project, we were eager to take an active and official role in helping with the definition and development,” said Andrew Richards, CEO of Codeplay. “Ultimately, we want to use these benchmarks to assist our customers in identifying the potential compute performance of a heterogeneous architecture and utilizing the available compute resources, such as the CPU, GPU, and dedicated accelerator processors.”

STMicro Launches new STM32H7 with a CoreMark Score of 2010

The STM32H7 series of microcontrollers embeds 1MB of SRAM memory, up to 2MB of flash memory, and integrated security features, including cryptographic accelerators and provision for secure-key storage. The new STM32H7 series is based on the ARM Cortex-M7, is fabricated on a 40nm Flash process, and delivers an EEMBC CoreMark score of 2020.5 while running at 400MHz (5.03 CoreMarks/MHz). The STM32H7 has basically the same core as the STMicroelectronics STM32F756NGH6, which scored 1001.8 at 200MHz, but the STM32H7 is running at twice the frequency and has a slightly-improved bus architecture.

Compiler Benchmarking with Somnium Technologies

Using its DRT embedded C/C++ software development tools, Somnium Technologies used EEMBC CoreMark to demonstrate performance, code size, and energy effects while applying different compiler techniques. Check out the results in this white paper.

On Location with EEMBC

EEMBC@Linley Cloud Hardware Conference 2017. EEMBC will exhibit at this two-day conference, covering system design for cloud computing and networking. February 8 - 9, 2017. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Santa Clara, CA. Free registration for qualified attendees.

EEMBC@Embedded World 2017. EEMBC and partners will deliver some exciting presentations at the 2017 Embedded World Conference, taking place from March 14-16 in Nuremberg, Germany. One of the biggest and best embedded events on the planet.

  1. “Heterogeneous Computing Architecture Performance and Optimization for ADAS and Mobile Imaging Applications”. Presented by Rafal Malewski (NXP) and Markus Levy (EEMBC) on March 15 from 16:30 - 17:00.
  2. “Paving the Road to IoT Interoperability”. Presented by Rob Oshana (NXP) and Markus Levy (EEMBC) on March 14 from 10:00 - 10:30.
  3. “Hands-on Workshop - Ultra Low Power”. Presented by Herman Roebbers (Altrans) on March 15 from 10:30 - 17:30.

EEMBC Expands its In-house Testing Services

The EEMBC Technology Center benchmark testing services include porting the benchmarks to the target platform(s), running the benchmarks and reporting scores, comparing different hardware platforms and different hardware configurations, and comparing different tool chains and different optimization options. Read more…

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