National Instruments Offers Multi-core Programming Workshops

National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) announced an initiative sponsored by Intel Corporation to deliver free, hands-on multi-core programming workshops based on the NI LabVIEW graphical programming language to engineers and scientists around the globe. The Multi-core Programming with NI LabVIEW Hands-On Workshop will be presented in 18 U.S. and Canadian cities beginning in May and 15 international cities this fall. The half-day workshop features perspectives from Intel on the industry transition from single-core to multi-core systems, examines the current capabilities of multi-core architectures including the latest Intel® Core(tm) microarchitecture and provides insight into the multi-core technology roadmap from Intel. The workshop also demonstrates how engineers and scientists can achieve real performance improvements by using LabVIEW graphical programming for multi-core system development.

“LabVIEW simplifies multi-core programming by helping users automatically map their graphical programs onto different threads to be executed on multiple cores,” said Dr. James Truchard, National Instruments president, CEO and co-founder. “The LabVIEW execution system now dynamically scales the number of threads used based on the number of processing cores available on the system, and, for advanced requirements, users can directly assign sections of code to specific cores in desktop, Windows-based systems and embedded real-time systems. Attendees of our new workshop will get hands-on experience using these and other tools and techniques to discover just how easy programming multi-core systems with LabVIEW can be.”

Building on more than 10 years of investment in multithreading technology, LabVIEW simplifies multi-core-based application development. The intuitive dataflow language of LabVIEW makes it easy for users to design parallel solutions and map their applications to multi-core architectures for increased performance. LabVIEW also delivers symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) with the LabVIEW Real-Time environment to help users realize performance gains from multi-core processors without sacrificing determinism. Customers using LabVIEW to successfully scale performance from multi-core architectures include the NASA Ames Research Center for wind tunnel control, Max Planck Institute for nuclear fusion research, and Virginia Tech and TORC Technologies for developing autonomous vehicle vision intelligence.

“Intel has offered multi-core processor solutions to the embedded and communications markets for more than two years, and our customers are embracing the architecture of our multi-core processors,” said Jim St. Leger, technology marketing manager for Intel’s Embedded and Communications Group. “LabVIEW delivers a built-in concurrency approach that simplifies multi-core programming while its graphical programming model makes it possible for developers to incorporate their legacy ANSI C/C++ code into LabVIEW and get the optimal performance out of their hardware.”

The Multi-core Programming with NI LabVIEW Hands-On Workshop features an overview of multi-core technology and its benefits followed by hands-on sessions covering LabVIEW graphical programming basics, multithreaded programming, partitioning an application, debugging and migrating legacy applications. Attendees will develop multi-core applications during the training using dual-core laptops equipped with LabVIEW and the NI CompactDAQ USB-based modular data acquisition system.

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