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Developing streaming applications on heterogenous multi-processor architectures like the Cell is difficult. Currently, application developers need to know about hardware details to deal with issues like scheduling, memory management and communication/synchronization. Worse, with multiple alternatives for communication available, developers spend significant… (More)
Core specialization is currently one of the most promising ways for designing power-efficient multicore chips. However, approaching the theoretical peak performance of such heterogeneous multicore architectures with specialized accelerators, is a complex issue. While substantial effort has been devoted to efficiently offloading parts of the computation,… (More)
Programming multimedia applications for System-on-Chip (SoC) ar-chitectures is difficult because streaming communication, user event handling, re-configuration, and parallelism have to be dealt with. We present Hinch, a runtime system for multimedia applications, that efficiently exploits parallelism by running the application in a dataflow style. The… (More)
Consumer electronics applications are becoming increasingly complex because of increased functionality requirements, such as watching multiple compressed video streams on a single screen. We address this complexity by allowing a programmer to specify the application in terms of independent components. Components interact using streaming communication and by… (More)
Efficient programming of multimedia streaming applications for Consumer Electronics (CE) devices is not trivial. As a solution for this problem, we present SP@CE, a novel programming model designed to balance the specific requirements of CE streaming applications with the simplicity and efficiency of the Series-Parallel Contention (SPC) programming model.… (More)
This work was carried out in the ASCI graduate school. ASCI dissertation series number 214. The raw material for the paper of this thesis comes from renewable sources, such as responsibly managed forests.