General presentation

The MWMR communication middleware implements a generic inter-task communication mechanism for shared memory multi-processors architectures. This protocol has been designed to support both communication between software tasks (running on a programmable processor), and hardware tasks, implemented as dedicated hardware coprocessors.

MWMR stands for Multi Writers, Multi-Readers. The MWMR channel itself is implemented as a software FIFO, that can have several producers, and several consumers. Each MWMR communication channel is protected by a dedicated lock, for exclusive access.

Any access to a shared MWMR channel respect the following five stages protocol :

  • get the lock protecting the MWMR (READ/WRITE access).
  • test the status of the MWMR (READ access).
  • transfer a burst of data between a local buffer and the MWMR (READ/WRITE access).
  • update the status of the MWMR (WRITE access).
  • release the lock (WRITE access).

The MWMR middleware can be used with both the MutekH and MutekS operating systems.

More Information

The MWMR middleware has two main components :

  • The software part is a library of C functions. Those functions are build on top of the POSIX API and implement the 5 steps MWMR protocol. They can be used by a software task to read from( or write into) one or several MWMR channels. The code is a MutekH library available as libmwmr
  • The hardware part is a generic MWMR controller. This hardware component has a DMA capability, and implement the 5 steps MWMR protocol. It and can be used by any hardware coprocessor that has one or several simple FIFO interfaces.
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