Many-core computing power for automated driving

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The AMALTHEA4public project is attempting to develop more powerful computers and complex software for autonomous vehicles to help them become more intelligent. The project, headed up by Bosch, comprises a team of 21 international technology specialists looking to develop embedded systems with central processing units that work in parallel.

Today, new vehicles are said to contain around 70 embedded systems which monitor and regulate certain driving functions. The trend towards automated driving means that individual computers have to run more software and the overall system is becoming more complex.

The programs that industry is currently using to develop embedded systems are not designed to incorporate parallel computing with multi- and many-core (over eight cores) processors. To make optimum use of the new hardware, developers will have to divide the software up and assign it to the various cores.

The AMALTHEA4public project team is establishing a methodology for this and setting up a comprehensive software platform. With the help of this open source tool platform, it is claimed engineers will be able to develop multi- and many-core systems for their applications.

The platform is based on Eclipse, another open-source development environment, and is available free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. The consortium will set up an Eclipse project and community that will support the developers and keep them in touch with each other even after the project has finished. This should make the outcome of AMALTHEA4public available to a wider circle and establish it as the standard for developing embedded multi- and many-core systems.