Day 1: Multitasking at ESC Boston 2010 -

Day 1: Multitasking at ESC Boston 2010


At the EmbeddedSystems Conference in Boston this week I will, in addition to meeting with many of you attending and writing stories about what you told me, be turning outnewsletters each day with breaking news, product introductions, and assessmentof significant papers and classes. If you have something you want to communicateto the rest of the embedded systems design community, let me know by email, cell phone, or land line phone, all listed below.

At the show most of us, myself included, will be doing what embeddeddevelopers keep trying to make the microcontrollers do: multitask efficiently.With severe constraints on time, resources and energy we will all be trying tofit in as many classes, events, and meetings as we can before dropping fromexhaustion. Unfortunately, as JackGanssle demonstrated in a recent column , humans do not multitaskvery well, no matter how much our bosses would like it to be so.

But properly programmed and supported by the right tools and softwarestructures, microcontrollers are pretty good at multitasking. Microchip’s GaneshKrishna S M demonstrates this well in my Editor’s Top Pick Low-cost cooperativemultitasking ,” a three part series running this week. Therehave been other instructive design articles on this topic on EET/ recently, including:multitaskingon small MCUs , multitaskingon a PIC MCU , multitaskingalternatives , buildinga simple tasker, and threadvs task management in DSP/RISC design.

Multitasking strategies will be a topic of discussion in many of the venuesat ESC Boston, including classes by columnists JackGanssle, DanSaks and MichaelBarr and ESC regulars DavidKleidermacher, BillGatliff, DavidKalinsky ,  and RobertOshana . Hope to see you here!!! [EET/ EditorBernard Cole, ,928-525-9087 or 928-607-5382 (cell )]

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