Partitioning and selection of data consistency mechanisms for multicore real-time systems

Zaid Al-Bayati, Youcheng Sun, Haibo Zeng, Marco Di Natale, Qi Zhu, Brett H. Meyer

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Multicore platforms are becoming increasingly popular in real-time systems. One of the major challenges in designing multicore real-time systems is ensuring consistent and timely access to shared resources. Lock-based protection mechanisms such as MPCP and MSRP have been proposed to guarantee mutually exclusive access in multicore systems at the expense of blocking. In this article, we consider partitioning and scheduling in multicore real-time systems with resource sharing. We first propose a resource-aware task partitioning algorithm for systems with lock-based protection. Wait-free methods, which ensure consistent access to shared memory resources with negligible blocking at the expense of additional memory space, are a suitable alternative when the shared resource is a communication buffer. We propose several approaches to solve the joint problem of task partitioning and the selection of a data consistency mechanism (lock-based or wait-free). The problem is first formulated as an Integer Linear Programming (ILP). For large systems where an ILP solution is not scalable, we propose two heuristic algorithms. Experimental results compare the effectiveness of the proposed approaches in finding schedulable systems with low memory cost and show how the use of wait-free methods can significantly improve schedulability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number35
JournalACM Transactions on Embedded Computing Systems
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2019


  • Multicore
  • Partitioning
  • Shared resources
  • Wait-free

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture


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