LabVIEW 8.5 includes deterministic, real-time multithreading
National Instruments is launching LabVIEW 8.5, the latest version of the graphical system design platform for test, control and embedded system development. Building on nearly 10 years of investment in multithreading technology, LabVIEW 8.5 significantly reduces the programming complexity commonly associated with sophisticated control systems based on multicore and FPGA architectures. With the parallel dataflow language of LabVIEW, engineers can easily balance several measurement and control tasks between the multiple processor cores available on today's standard PC platforms. For added performance and reliability, LabVIEW 8.5 offers the following: deterministic, real-time multicore tools; new machine monitoring functions for both desktop and FPGA platforms; and expanded OPC connectivity to hundreds of industrial devices.
Dr James Truchard, National Instruments President, CEO and co-founder, comments: "Engineers and scientists depend on continually improving PC processors, operating systems and bus technologies to drive increased performance in their machine control systems. With the shift toward multicore processors on the PC, LabVIEW programmers benefit from a simplified graphical approach to multithreading, making it possible for them to maximise the performance of multicore technology with little or no change to their code."
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