National Instruments joins the Multicore Association

31 January 2008

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National Instruments is joining the Multicore Association, a global non-profit organisation focused on developing standards that help shorten time to market for products involving multicore implementations. As a member of the association, National Instruments is collaborating with leading technology companies including Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Wind River to improve the interoperability among operating systems, hardware and software development tools. Engineers and scientists can therefore benefit from the performance improvements offered by multicore technology.

Markus Levy, President of the Multicore Association, says: “National Instruments has a commanding and diverse knowledge of multicore technology from a software, hardware and operating system perspective. Its experience and leadership in developing products that can take advantage of this technology makes National Instruments a valuable contributor to the Multicore Association’s efforts to define the standards for multicore applications.”

LabVIEW graphical development software

National Instruments offers more than 30 years of technology leadership to the association, as well as significant experience in supporting and using multicore technology through products such as LabVIEW graphical development software. With more than 10 years of investment in multithreading technology, LabVIEW simplifies multicore and FPGA-based application development with its intuitive parallel dataflow language. LabVIEW also delivers symmetric multiprocessing with the LabVIEW real time environment. This enables users to gain performance from multicore processors without sacrificing determinism. Customers using LabVIEW graphical programming for multicore technology include the NASA Ames Research Center for wind tunnel control, Max Planck Institute for nuclear fusion research, Eaton Corporation for transmission testing and Virginia Tech University and Torc Technologies for developing autonomous vehicle vision intelligence. Additionally, National Instruments incorporates multicore processors into several of its hardware offerings, including modular instruments available on PXI, PXI Express, PCI, PCI Express and PCMCIA platforms for increased performance.

Dr James Truchard, President, CEO and Co-founder of National Instruments, says: “The change to multicore programming is as revolutionary as the transition to object-oriented programming was two decades ago and LabVIEW is ideally suited for this new challenge. National Instruments has already invested 10 years in the multithreading technology in LabVIEW and its parallel, dataflow approach is ideal for engineers and scientists building multicore applications. We look forward to working with the Multicore Association to define the standards for multicore applications.”

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