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Virtualized Development and Testing for Embedded Cluster Computing

McLoughlin, Ian Vince, Bretschneider, Timo Rolf, Zheming, Chen (2012) Virtualized Development and Testing for Embedded Cluster Computing. International Journal of Networking and Computing, 2 (2). pp. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:48843)

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Abstract

Embedded cluster processing solutions can be difficult to design if quantity and type of processors, interconnectivity technology and code partitioning are not specified in advance, and yet it may not be possible to determine these without qualitative and quantitative testing which can not be performed until hardware is available. Similar issues are faced in conventional development projects for generic embedded systems, or for generic distributed systems, but the issues are exacerbated when both attributes are combined. This paper considers issues relating to custom embedded cluster processing system development in general, before focussing on a specific example of a space-borne cluster computer using ARM processors running embedded Linux. This early example, which will be shown performing distributed synthetic aperture radar image processing, is representative of a growing number of systems in the pervasive and ambient computing fields. It illustrates many difficulties in co-developing hardware and software for specific tasks. We present one potential solution – the use of distributed virtualization to simulate the final design. An ARM cluster simulator is presented, constructed using QEMU and

virtual networking, and shown used for the development and validation of distributed embedded processing tasks on a cluster-type architecture. As clusters of embedded processors, pervasive embedded networks, and the “embedded cloud” become more popular in the near future, such virtualized systems can prove useful for development and testing.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Ian McLoughlin
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2015 10:14 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 14:39 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/48843 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
McLoughlin, Ian Vince: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7111-2008
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