Hardware scheduled SMP architectures
Date of patent filing
29 November 2007
US 20080134187 A1
An advance is made in the art according to the principles of the present invention directed to a hardware real time operating system (HW RTOS) which advantageously implements the OS layer in a dual-processor SMP architecture. Intertask communication is specified by a dedicated application programming interface (API) wherein the HW-RTOS provides and manages communication requirements of applications while providing task scheduling. Advantageously, when implemented according to the present invention, the HW-RTOS results in systems exhibiting a smaller footprint since there is no need to link final executables to software RTOS libraries as done in the prior art.