Principles for Re-architecting Software for Heterogeneous Platforms
Paper in proceeding, 2020

The demands on software continues to increase through the constant addition of functionalities and high expectations from users. In particular, performance has been the focus in many projects with the goal of fulfilling complex and hard requirements across a variety of domains. One way to achieve satisfactory levels of performance is through heterogeneous computing, i.e., systems that contain more than one type of processing unit, such as CPUs, GPUs, and FPGAs. However, applications are typically designed to be executed on CPUs, and re-architecting software for execution on such heterogeneous hardware architectures entails several challenges that must be addressed. In this paper, we propose a framework that supports engineers in the process of making architectural decisions to re-architect software for execution on heterogeneous platforms. We present several relevant aspects that should be addressed in the process, along with suggestions on how to create design solutions using different existing approaches. The framework was developed based on multiple interactions with three industrial partners and evaluated through a computer vision application in the automotive domain.

software design

program processors

software engineering


Hugo Sica de Andrade

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Christian Berger

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Ivica Crnkovic

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Jan Bosch

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Proceedings - Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC

15301362 (ISSN)

Vol. 2020-December 405-414 9359288

27TH Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference
Singapore, Singapore,

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Information and Communication Technology

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Communication Systems

Computer Science



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