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OpenAMP for VxWorks® Remote Compute


Wind River® core operating technologies, VxWorks® and Wind River Linux leverage Symmetric Multi Processing on multicore processors, and Wind River Helix™ Virtualization Platform runs a supervised AMP configuration, managing and separating operating systems across these cores in a flexible way. On the ARM® architecture, these systems typically run on the main processor clusters and leverage Application Processor Units (APUs) such as the ARM Cortex®-A53. As systems become increasingly more complex, and require a higher level of often specialized compute, many systems contain other Remote Processor Units (RPUs) such as the ARM Cortex-R5, that can be used for compute offload by applications running on the APUs. There are two protocols built into Linux that can be used to exploit these types of remote applications.

  • Remoteproc - technology that allows a master application to load and manage the life cycle of remote software running on the RPU cores (an unsupervised AMP configuration).
  • RPMsg/Virtio - a lightweight communications stack between the master and remote that runs over shared memory.

Both the master and the remote software must implement these protocols. The VxWorks Real Time Operating System is a perfect fit for remote compute or running as a master but does not ship with these protocols.

The OpenAMP project extends these protocols to other systems including RTOSes such as VxWorks.

The OpenAMP for VxWorks Remote Compute project contains software and instructions for showcasing applications that are initated from one of the three Wind River core technologies running on an ARM Cortex-A53 that leverage VxWorks running on an ARM Cortex®-R5. Each of the masters, VxWorks OpenAMP, Wind River® Linux, or a Wind River Linux guest managed by Helix Virtualization Platform; hosts and manages a VxWorks OpenAMP remote, that is loaded from a file system accessible by the master. A simple application is used to demonstrate Remoteproc and RPMsg/VirtIO between master and remote. In all demos, the target hardware is a Xilinx® Zynq® UltraScale+™ MPSoC ZCU102 reference platform.

The following table has links to the demo documentation and highlights the technology used in each use-case:

Demo VxWorks 7 SR0620 VxWorks Zcu102 IPI driver VxWorks openamp layer Wind River Linux LTS 18 wr-vxworks7-openamp-demo-for-xilinx-zcu102 layer Helix Virtualization Platform SR0620 and wr-vxvirt-arm64 layer BOOT.BIN
VxWorks OpenAMP master and VxWorks OpenAMP Remote Required Here Here 2018.1 (Tested)
Wind River Linux master and VxWorks OpenAMP remote Required Here Here Required Here 2018.1 (Tested)
Wind River Linux Helix Virtualization Platform guest master and VxWorks OpenAMP remote Required Here Here Required Here Required Custom (Please contact Wind River)

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