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Primeur weekly 2019-10-14

Focus

Hyperion Research's Steve Conway on exascale developments and HPC technology trends world wide at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

First Annual Exascale Day celebrates discoveries on the fastest supercomputers in the world ...

ExaNoDe builds groundbreaking 3D prototype of compute element for exascale ...

Exascale Computing Market by Hardware, Software, Services, and Industry Vertical 2019-2024: The $2,4 billion global Exascale computing market is expanding to smaller companies ...

Quantum computing

The ICN2 and Microsoft expand partnership in quantum computing research ...

Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The EOSC Symposium call for contributions is open ...

Infrastructure Advisory Group to host Workshop on EuroHPC Systems Access Policy ...

ERC Synergy Grant: 12 million euro for research into 'magic' 3D nanostructures ...

Croatia becomes an Associate Member of CERN ...

UK Research and Innovation to award Cray with hardware contract for national supercomputer ARCHER2 ...

Middleware

WekaIO awarded patent ...

Hardware

The University of Queensland uses Dell Technologies supercomputer to pioneer new Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough ...

Mellanox releases independent report demonstrating ConnectX Ethernet NICs outperform competition and ships first ConnectX-6 Dx secure SmartNICs ...

CAIDA's KC Claffy inducted into Internet Hall of Fame ...

Lenovo and Intel power computational research at the Flatiron Institute ...

Arm enables Custom Instructions for embedded CPUs ...

General Micro Systems (GMS) launches S1202-XVE, the industry's smallest and lightest video server with Artificial Intelligence for rugged military & industrial applications ...

Samsung Electronics develops industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging technology ...

Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak named IT Person of the Year at IT GALA ...

Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal ...

Applications

Princeton's new supercomputer, Traverse, to accelerate scientific discovery in fusion research ...

MIT's CSAIL Lab and CAIDA identify "serial hijackers" of internet IP addresses ...

Summit supercomputer simulates how humans will 'brake' during Mars landing ...

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions ...

Study reveals limitations of method for determining protein structure ...

Rare 'Lazarus superconductivity' observed in promising, rediscovered material ...

Radiation detector with the lowest noise in the world boosts quantum work ...

The Cloud

University of North Dakota deploys Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Data Science, and the Cloud on HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 system ...

Atos delivers faster Cloud adoption with new SyntBots accelerators for Pivotal Platform ...

Arm enables Custom Instructions for embedded CPUs


8 Oct 2019 San Jose - At Arm TechCon 2019, Arm CEO Simon Segars announced Arm Custom Instructions, a new feature for the Armv8-M architecture. Arm Custom Instructions will initially be implemented in Arm Cortex-M33 CPUs starting in the first half of 2020 at no additional cost to new and existing licensees, enabling SoC designers to add their own instructions for specific embedded and IoT applications without risk of software fragmentation.

"A world of a trillion secure intelligent devices will be built on a diversity of complex use cases requiring increased synergy between hardware and software design", stated Dipti Vachani, senior vice president and general manager, Automotive and IoT Line of Business, Arm. "We have engineered Arm Custom Instructions to fuel closer hardware and software co-design efforts toward achieving application-specific acceleration while unlocking greater device differentiation."

Architected as part of the evolution of the Armv8-M architecture with secure Arm TrustZone technology, Arm Custom Instructions are based on a simple guiding principle; the CPU is a chassis for Arm silicon partner innovation. This approach gives chip designers the opportunity to push performance and efficiency further by adding their unique application-specific features into Cortex-M33 CPUs.

Arm Custom Instructions are enabled by modifications to the CPU that reserve encoding space for designers to easily add custom datapath extensions while maintaining the integrity of the existing software ecosystem. This feature, together with the existing co-processor interface, enable Cortex-M33 CPUs to be extended with various types of accelerators optimized for edge compute use cases including machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI).

Arm Custom Instructions, combined with the recent introduction of Arm Flexible Access, underscore Arm's increased commitment to enhance silicon partner flexibility and differentiation in support of new edge computing opportunities in ML, AI, self-driving cars, 5G and IoT. Further strengthening this commitment, Arm will offer Custom Instructions as a standard feature in future Cortex-M CPUs, which are among the most successful Arm CPUs ever, having shipped in more than 50 billion chips from Arm silicon partners to-date.

"SoC vendors often need optimized tools to extend the capabilities of their designs without compromising on safety, security or the existing development tools investments such as IAR Embedded Workbench. Arm Custom Instructions provides them with a simple, but powerful mechanism for addressing their unique requirements while maintaining the integrity and efficiency of the processes already in place", stated Stefan Skarin, president and CEO, IAR Systems AB.

"Arm's new Custom Instructions capabilities allow silicon suppliers like NXP to offer their customers a new degree of application-specific instruction optimizations to improve performance, power dissipation and static code size for new and emerging embedded applications. Additionally, all these improvements are enabled within the extensive Cortex-M ecosystem, so customers' existing software investments are maximized", stated Geoff Lees, SVP and GM of Microcontrollers at NXP Semiconductors.

"The world of one trillion securely connected devices poses several challenges to silicon designers due to the expanding demand for extremely energy-efficient devices. The introduction of Arm Custom Instructions in the Cortex-M portfolio will enable Silicon Labs to design systems uniquely optimized for specific tasks within a wide range of connected IoT devices", stated Alessandro Piovaccari, chief technology officer, Silicon Labs.

"ST's STM32 Arm-based microcontrollers are already at the heart of millions of smart objects in industrial, consumer and medical markets. The relentless demand for ever greater performance, power efficiency and security require an evolution of the design approach where hardware is designed alongside software from the beginning. With Arm Custom Instructions in future Armv8-M cores, Arm is enabling hardware/software co-design. This will in turn enable ST to bring additional differentiation and value to the next generation of IoT devices designed by our customers with the STM32 hardware, software and tools ecosystem, with features including optimized security and signal processing at core level", stated Ricardo De Sa Earp, general manager of STMicroelectronics' Microcontroller Division.

Source: Arm

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Primeur weekly 2019-10-14

Focus

Hyperion Research's Steve Conway on exascale developments and HPC technology trends world wide at the HPC User Forum in Edinburgh ...

Exascale supercomputing

First Annual Exascale Day celebrates discoveries on the fastest supercomputers in the world ...

ExaNoDe builds groundbreaking 3D prototype of compute element for exascale ...

Exascale Computing Market by Hardware, Software, Services, and Industry Vertical 2019-2024: The $2,4 billion global Exascale computing market is expanding to smaller companies ...

Quantum computing

The ICN2 and Microsoft expand partnership in quantum computing research ...

Physicists couple key components of quantum technologies ...

Focus on Europe

The EOSC Symposium call for contributions is open ...

Infrastructure Advisory Group to host Workshop on EuroHPC Systems Access Policy ...

ERC Synergy Grant: 12 million euro for research into 'magic' 3D nanostructures ...

Croatia becomes an Associate Member of CERN ...

UK Research and Innovation to award Cray with hardware contract for national supercomputer ARCHER2 ...

Middleware

WekaIO awarded patent ...

Hardware

The University of Queensland uses Dell Technologies supercomputer to pioneer new Alzheimer's Disease breakthrough ...

Mellanox releases independent report demonstrating ConnectX Ethernet NICs outperform competition and ships first ConnectX-6 Dx secure SmartNICs ...

CAIDA's KC Claffy inducted into Internet Hall of Fame ...

Lenovo and Intel power computational research at the Flatiron Institute ...

Arm enables Custom Instructions for embedded CPUs ...

General Micro Systems (GMS) launches S1202-XVE, the industry's smallest and lightest video server with Artificial Intelligence for rugged military & industrial applications ...

Samsung Electronics develops industry's first 12-layer 3D-TSV chip packaging technology ...

Tachyum CEO Dr. Radoslav Danilak named IT Person of the Year at IT GALA ...

Controlling superconducting regions within an exotic metal ...

Applications

Princeton's new supercomputer, Traverse, to accelerate scientific discovery in fusion research ...

MIT's CSAIL Lab and CAIDA identify "serial hijackers" of internet IP addresses ...

Summit supercomputer simulates how humans will 'brake' during Mars landing ...

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions ...

Study reveals limitations of method for determining protein structure ...

Rare 'Lazarus superconductivity' observed in promising, rediscovered material ...

Radiation detector with the lowest noise in the world boosts quantum work ...

The Cloud

University of North Dakota deploys Bright Cluster Manager for HPC, Data Science, and the Cloud on HPE Apollo 6500 Gen10 system ...

Atos delivers faster Cloud adoption with new SyntBots accelerators for Pivotal Platform ...