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[[Category:Fall 2014 SPO600]]
{{Chris Tyler Draft}}
 
{{Admon/caution|Winter 2014 Material|This page is currently being adapted from the [[Winter 2014 SPO600 Weekly Schedule]] page and may contain bad or old information. Please revisit this page later for Fall 2014 updates.}}
 
{{Admon/important|It's Alive!|This [[SPO600]] weekly schedule will be updated as the course proceeds - dates and content are subject to change. The cells in the summary table will be linked to relevant resources and labs as the course progresses.}}
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!Week!!Week of...!!Tuesday - Class!!Friday - ALC/Lab!!Deliverables<br/>(Summary - click for details)
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|1||Jan 6Sep 1||(''Experience Seneca'' Orientation - No Class)||[[#Tuesday Friday (Jan 7Sep 5)|Introduction to Software Porting, Portability, Benchmarking, and Optimization]]||[[#Friday (Jan 10)|/ How is Code Accepted? - Analyze code submissions in two separate accepted into an open source projectsproject?]]||[[#Week 1 Deliverables|Blog Set up accounts and a commentary on code reviews in two communitiesFedora system]] (Lab 1)
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 |2||Jan 13Sep 8||[[#Tuesday (Jan 14Sep 9)|Computer Architecture Overview]]||[[#Friday (Jan 17Sep 12)|Hello World - Compile a basic Compiled C program and analyze the resultant binaryLab]]||[[#Week 2 Deliverables|Set up Blog a Fedora system commentary on code reviews in two communities (Lab 1) and on the ARMv8 Foundation Model / Blog on binary analysis Compiled C Code lab (Lab 2).]]
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 |3||Jan 20Sep 15||[[#Tuesday (Jan 21)|Introduction to Assembly Language]]|colspan="2" align="center"|Linaro Connect 2014 - No classes scheduled - Prepare your [[#Friday (Jan 24)Week 3|x86_64 and Aarch64 Assembley Languagepresentation on assembly language code]]||[[#Week 3 Deliverables|Blog about writing in assembly Assembly language presentation]] ready for presentation next Tuesday (Lab 3September 23)]].
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 |4||Jan 27Sept 22||[[#Tuesday (Jan 28Sep 23)|Lab 3 results, inline assembler, and compiler optimizationsAssembly language presentations & Assembly Basics]]||[[#Friday (Jan 31Sep 26)|Analyzing a codebase for assembler and non-portable codeAssembly language presentations, continued]]||[[#Week 3 4 Deliverables|Blog post about codebase analysisthe content of your presentation]]
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 |5||Feb 3Sep 29||[[#Tuesday (Feb 4Sep 30)|Memory Barriers and AtomicsAssembly lab (Lab 3)]]||[[#Friday (Feb 7Oct 3)|Inline assembler and compiler optimizations / Potential Project AnalysisTriage – Scan the potential project list from the Linaro Performance site]]||[[#Week 5 Deliverables|Blog post about your selected assembly lab (lab 3) and potential projects]]
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 |6||Feb 10Oct 6||[[#Tuesday (Feb 11Oct 7)|Architecture-specific Code for PerformanceGuest Speaker: Jon "Maddog" Hall]]||Group hack session - Porting[[#Friday (Oct 10)|Codebase analysis / Memory barriers and Atomics]]||[[#Week 5 6 Deliverables|Identify Analyze the assembler platform-specific code in your projects and contact your upstream communities3 packages.]]
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|7||Feb 17Oct 13||[#Tuesday (Oct 15)|[[#Tuesday (Oct 14)|Portability Architecture- Removing platformspecific Code -specific codeWhy?]]||[[#Friday (Oct 17)|Compiler Intrinsics and Picking your Package]]|Group hack session - Portability|[[#Week 7 Deliverables|Remove platform-specific code from Pick your projectspackage and blog about it.]]
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|Study Week||Feb 24Oct 20||colspan="3" align="center"|Study Week<br />'''[http://fsoss.ca FSOSS 2014] on Thursday-Friday'''
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 |8||Mar 3Oct 27||Project Work[[#Tuesday (Oct 28)|Working with the Code]]|Project Work|[[#Friday (Oct 31)|Get code into reviewGroup hack session - Profiling]]||[[#Week 8 Deliverables|Blog about your progress.]]
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 |9||Mar 10Nov 3||[[#Tuesday (March 11Nov 4)|Status UpdateProfiling review]]||[[#Friday (March 14Nov 11)|Foundation ModelsGroup hack session]]||[[#Week 9 Deliverables|Install and Test With Foundation ModelPost baseline stats for your software.]]
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 |10||Mar 17Nov 10||[[#Tuesday (March 18Nov 11)|Profiling Presentations]]||Baseline Profiling[[#Friday (Nov 14)|AArch64 on x86_64 / Hack session]]||[[#Week 10 Deliverables|Post baseline stats for Blog about your softwareproject status - 1st project marks.]]
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 |11||Mar 24Nov 17||Optimizing Code[[#Tuesday (Nov 18)|Discussion and hack session]]|Group |[[#Friday (Nov 21)|Discussion and hack - Profiling and optimizingsession: Commercial vs. Technical Reality]]||[[#Week 11 Deliverables|Code review updateUpstream your work and blog about it]]
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 |12||Mar 31Nov 24||Using complier optimizations[[#Tuesday (Nov 25)|Project Update Presentations]]||[[#Friday (Nov 28)|Discussion and hack session]]|Project Work|[[#Week 12 Deliverables|Code review updateBlog about your project status - 2nd project marks.]]
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 |13||Apr 7Dec 1||Final Presentations[[#Tuesday (Dec 2)|Discussion and Hack Session]]||[[#Friday (No class - Exams startDec 5)|Discussion and Hack Session]]||Code accepted upstream. Blog about it!
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 |Exam Week||Apr 14Dec 8||colspan="3" align="center"|Exam Week - No exam in this course!
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!Category!!Percentage!!Evaluation Dates
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|Communication||align="right"|20%||Jan <strike>September 30</strike>, <strike>October 31</strike>, Feb 28, March 31November 21, April 13December 10
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|Quizzes||align="right"|10%||May be held during any class, usually at the start of class. A minimum of 5 one-page quizzes will be given. No make-up/retake option is offered if you miss a quiz. Lowest 3 scores will not be counted.
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|Labs||align="right"|10%||See deliverables column above.
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|Project work||align="right"|60%||Feb 28<strike>November 11</strike> (15%), March 31November 25 (20%), April 13December 10 (25%)
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== Week 1 ==
=== Tuesday Friday (Jan 7Sep 5) === ==== Introduction to the Problem ==== * Most software is written in a '''high-level language''' which can be compiled into [[Machine Language|machine code]] for a specific architecture. However, there is a lot of existing code that contains some architecture-specific code fragments written in [[Assembly Language]] (or, in some cases, machine-specific high-level code).* Reasons for writing code in Assembly Langauge include:** Performance** [[Atomic Operation|Atomic Operations]]** Direct access to hardware features, e.g., CPUID registers* Most of the historical reasons for including assembler are no longer valid. Modern compilers can out-perform most hand-optimized assembly code, atomic operations can be handled by libraries or [[Compiler Intrinsics|compiler intrinsics]], and most hardware access should be performed through the operating system or appropriate libraries.* A new architecture has appeared: Aarch64, which is part of [http://www.arm.com/products/processors/instruction-set-architectures/armv8-architecture.php ARMv8]. This is the first new [[Computer Architecture|computer architecture]] to appear in several years (at least, the first mainstream computer architecture).* There are over 1400 software packages/modules present in GNU Linux systems which contain architecture-specific [[Assembly Language|assembly language code]] or have other portability issues. Most of these packages cannot be built on Aarch64 systems without modification.
* Introduction to the Problem** Most software is written in a '''high-level language''' which can be compiled into [[Machine Language|machine code]] for a specific architecture. However, there is a lot of existing code that contains some architecture-specific code fragments written in [[Assembly Language]].** Reasons for writing code in Assembly Langauge include:*** Performance*** [[Atomic Operation|Atomic Operations]]*** Direct access to hardware features, e.g., CPUID registers** Most of the historical reasons for including assembler are no longer valid. Modern compilers can out-perform most hand-optimized assembly code, atomic operations can be handled by libraries or [[Compiler Intrinsics|compiler intrinsics]], and most hardware access should be performed through the operating system or appropriate libraries.** A new architecture has appeared: Aarch64, which is part of [http://www.arm.com/products/processors/instruction-set-architectures/armv8-architecture.php ARMv8]. This is the first new [[Computer Architecture|computer architecture]] to appear in several years.** There are over 1400 software packages/modules present in GNU Linux systems which contain architecture-specific [[Assembly Language|assembly language code]]. Most of these packages cannot be built on Aarch64 systems without modification.* In this course, you will:*# Select two software packages from a list compiled by Steve Macintyre of Linaro. Each of the packages on this list contains assembly language code which is platform-specific.*# Prepare a fix/patch for the software so that it will run on 64-bit ARM systems (aarch64). This may be done at either of two levels:*## Port - Add additional assembly language code for aarch64 (basic solution).*## Make Portable - Remove architecture-specific code, replacing it with compiler intrinsics or high-level code so that the software will successfully build on multiple platforms.*# Benchmark - Prove that your changes do not cause a performance regression on existing platforms, and that (ideally) it improves performance.*# Upstream your Code - Submitting your code to the upstream (originating) software project so that it can be incorporated into future versions of the software. This will involve going through a code review to ensure that your code is compatible with and acceptable to the upstream community.* Optional: You can participate in the [http://linaro.org Linaro] Code Porting/Optimization contest. For details, see the [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo1dBB3tke8 YouTube video] of Jon "maddog" Hall and Steve Mcintyre at Linaro Connect USA 2013.* === Course details:** Course resources are linked from the CDOT wiki, starting at http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/SPO600 (Quick find: This page will usually be Google's top result for a search on "SPO600").** Coursework is submitted by blogging.** Quizzes will be short (1 page) and will be held without announcement at any time. Your lowest three quiz scores will not be counted, so do not worry if you miss one or two.** Course marks:*** 60% - Project Deliverables*** 20% - Communication (Blog and Wiki writing)*** 20% - Labs and Quizzes** Friday classes will be held in an "Active Learning Classroom". You are encouraged to bring your own laptop to these classes.** For more course information, refer to the SPO600 Weekly Schedule (this page), the [http://www.senecacollege.ca/ssos/findWithoutSemester/spo600/sict Course Outline], and [[SPO600 Course Policies]].Projects ====
=== Friday In this course, you will:# Select two software packages from a list compiled by Steve Macintyre of Linaro. Each of the packages on this list contains assembly language code which is platform-specific.# Prepare a fix/patch for the software so that it will run on 64-bit ARM systems (Jan 10aarch64) ===. This may be done at either of two levels:## Port - Add additional assembly language code for aarch64 (basic solution).## Make Portable - Remove architecture-specific code, replacing it with compiler intrinsics or high-level code so that the software will successfully build on multiple platforms.# Benchmark - Prove that your changes do not cause a performance regression on existing platforms, and that (ideally) it improves performance.# Upstream your Code - Submitting your code to the upstream (originating) software project so that it can be incorporated into future versions of the software. This will involve going through a code review to ensure that your code is compatible with and acceptable to the upstream community.
{{Admon/tip|Bring Your Laptop|Friday classes are held in a Active Learning Classroom. If you have a laptop or other device with an HDMI or VGA output (such as a smartphone!) please feel free to bring it.}}==== General Course Information ====
* Course resources are linked from the CDOT wiki, starting at http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/wiki/index.php/SPO600 (Quick find: This page will usually be Google's top result for a search on "SPO600").* Coursework is submitted by blogging.* Quizzes will be short (1 page) and will be held without announcement at any time. Your lowest three quiz scores will not be counted, so do not worry if you miss one or two.* Course marks (see Weekly Schedule for dates):** 60% - Project Deliverables** 20% - Communication (Blog and Wiki writing)** 20% - Labs and Quizzes (10% labs - completed/not completed; 10% for quizzes - lowest 3 scores not counted)* All classes will be held in an [[Active Learning Classroom]] -- you are encouraged to bring your own laptop to class. If you do not have a laptop, consider signing one out of the Learning Commons for class, or using a smartphone with an HDMI adapter.* For more course information, refer to the SPO600 Weekly Schedule (this page), the [http://www.senecacollege.ca/ssos/findWithoutSemester/spo600/sict Course Outline], and [[SPO600 Course Policies]].<!-- * Introduction to the [http://linaro.org Linaro] Code Review LabPorting/Optimization project. --><!-- * Optional: You can participate in the [http://linaro.org Linaro]Code Porting/Optimization contest. For details, see the [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo1dBB3tke8 YouTube video]of Jon "maddog" Hall and Steve Mcintyre at Linaro Connect USA 2013. -->  * Start thinking about ==== Discussion of how you want to set up your open source communities work ==== (Background for the [[SPO600 SoftwareCode Review Lab|Code Review Lab (Lab 1)]]which is homework due Week 2).
=== Week 1 Deliverables ===
# Set up your [[SPO600 Communication Tools|Set ]] - in particular, set up a blog and add it to [http://zenit.senecac.on.ca/~chris.tyler/planet/ Planet CDOT]].# Blog your conclusion to (via the [[SPO600 Code Review LabPlanet CDOT Feed List]]).# Add yourself to the [[Winter Fall 2014 SPO600 Participants]] page (leave the projects columns blank).# Generate a [[SSH#Using_Public_Keys_with_SSH|pair of keys]] for [[SSH]] and email the public key to your professor.
# Sign and return the [[Open Source Professional Option Student Agreement]].
# [[SPO600 Host Setup|Set up a Fedora 20 system]].
== Week 2 ==
=== Tuesday (Jan 14Sep 9) === * [[Computer Architecture]] overview (see also the [[:Category:Computer Architecture|Computer Architecture Category]])
=== Friday (Jan 17Sep 12) ==={{Admon/tip|Bring Your Laptop|Classes are held in a [[Active Learning Classroom]]. If you have a laptop or other device with a VGA or HDMI output (such as a smartphone!) please bring it. You'll need either a local linux environment or an SSH client -- which is built-in to Linux, Mac, and Chromebook systems, and readily available for Windows, Android, and iOS devices.}}* Perform the [[SPO600 Compiled C Lab|Compiled C Lab (Lab 2)]]in groups
=== Week 2 Deliverables ===
* Blog Complete and blog your conclusion to the [[SPO600 Compiled C Code Review Lab|Code Review Lab (Lab1)]].* Blog your conclusion to the [[SPO600 Host SetupSPO600_Compiled_C_Lab|Set up a Fedora 20 systemCompiled C Lab (Lab 2)]]
== Week 3 ==
This week [[User:Chris Tyler|your professor]] is at [https://www.linaro.org/connect/lcu/lcu14/ Linaro Connect], an engineering conference run by [http://www.linaro.org Linaro] - a distributed not-for-profit collaborative technology company focused on Linux on ARM. You can [https://www.linaro.org/connect/lcu/lcu14/remote/ participate remotely] and may find some of the sessions interesting.
=== Tuesday (Jan 21) ===* [[Assembler Basics]] === Friday (Jan 24) ===* Background information: [[SPO600 aarch64 QEMU on Ireland]]* [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Assembler LabAssembly Language Presentation|Select and prepare to teach the class about a specific small topic related to assembly language / machine language programming]].
=== Week 3 Deliverables ===
* Blog Be prepared to give your conclusion to the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Assembler LabAssembly Language Presentation|presentation]]on Tuesday of next week (September 23).
== Week 4 ==
=== Tuesday (Jan 28Sep 23) ===* Give your [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Assembly Language Presentation|presentation about an assembly language topic]] - teach your SPO600 colleagues === Friday (Sep 26) ===* Remainder of the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Assembly Language Presentation|presentations about an assembly language topic]]* [[Assembler Basics|Introduction to assembly language]]* Writing x86_64 and aarch64 code in the [[SPO600 Assembler Lab|Assembly language lab (Lab 3)]] === Week 4 Deliverables ===* Blog your [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Assembly Language Presentation|presentation]] == Week 5 == === Tuesday (Sep 30) ===* [[SPO600 Assembler Lab|Assembler Lab]] review === Friday (Oct 3) === 
* [[Inline Assembly Language]]
* [[Compiler Optimizations]]
The [http://performance.linaro.org/ Linaro Performance Challenge] is a project initiated by [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Hall_%28programmer%29 Jon "Maddog" Hall] and [http://www.linaro.org Linaro] to port or make portable open source software packages which contain platform-specific code and which may not build on the new Aarch64 architecture. (There are two videos about the challenge, both of which are from late 2013 while the program was being finalized: [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo1dBB3tke8 One of an interview with Maddog and Steve Macintyre], and [http://people.linaro.org/linaro-connect/lcu13/videos/10-28-Monday/LCU13%20ARM%20Performance%20Optimizations.mp4 the other of a Linaro Connect presentation by Maddog]). The [http://performance.linaro.org/find/ list of packages] for this project was originally developed by the UK Debian developer Steve Macintyre, who works for Linaro. His focus in developing that list was to find packages that contained assembly language code for x86 (or other platforms) and which did not have assembly language code for ARM, especially Aarch64. As a result, the list includes many false-positives: there are many packages on there that can successfully build on ARM, either due to C work-arounds for the missing assembly code, or conditional compilation of the assembly code, or recent updates to the software, or other reasons. In this class, we're going to start to triage this list by analyzing which packages exist in the Fedora package set and which have been successfully built for the aarch64 architecture. The list has been processed with these steps:# Grab the list of packages from the Linaro Performance Challenge site.# Find out the corresponding names of the packages in the Fedora package set. Most of these will be the same as in the list, but some may be different.# Find out which packages have not been built for Fedora on aarch64# Divide the resulting list up between the members of the class for further analysis '''Please see the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Packages by Participant]] and perform the steps listed there.''' {{Admon/tip|Participating in the Linaro Performance Challenge|You are invited to participate in the [http://performance.linaro.org Linaro Performance Challenge] directly, utilizing the work you are doing in the SPO600 course. Doing so may enable you to receive a prize for participation and the chance to win a trip to a Linaro Connect conference. In order to participate in the Challenge, you will need to comply with the technical requirements and rules of the Challenge.<br/><br/>Your participation in this course, and the mark you receive in this course, are independent of your participation in the Linaro Performance Challenge.<br/><br/>In other words: Linaro and Seneca are distinct entities, and although you can participate in both the Challenge and SPO600 with the same project, Seneca assumes no responsibility for your interaction with Linaro, and vice-versa.}} === Week 5 Deliverables ===* Blog about the [[SPO600 Assembler Lab|assembler lab (Lab 3)]].* Do the tasks assigned on the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Packages by Participant]] page, and blog about it. == Week 6 == === Friday Tuesday (Jan 31Oct 7) === Jon "Maddog" Hall will be joining us for a remote talk and Q&A via Google Hangout.
* [[Codebase Analysis Lab]]=== Friday (Oct 10) ===
In groups, we'll be analyzing software pacakges from the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Packages by Participant|Packages by Participant]] list to find the platform-specific code and build instructions. === Week 4 6 Deliverables ===
* '''Reminder:''' Week 1Pick three additional packages (not the ones done in class) from your section of the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Packages by Participant|Packages by Participant]] list and find the platform-3 blog posts are due for marking specific code (or build instructions). Figure out what that code does, and document that on Friday, January 31the list page.* Blog about your results and your reflections on the [[Codebase Analysis Lab]]task.
== Week 5 7 ==
=== Tuesday (Feb 4Oct 14) ===
Platform-Discussion of some of the reasons that platform specific (usually assembly language) code is often utilized for '''Memory Barriers''' and '''Atomics Operations'''.used in software
==== Memory Barriers ====
** [http://blogs.msdn.com/b/oldnewthing/archive/2008/10/03/8969397.aspx MSDN Blog Post] with a very clear explanation of Acquire-Release.
** [http://preshing.com/20130922/acquire-and-release-fences/ Preshing on Programming post] with a good explanation.
** [http://infocenter.arm.com/help/index.jsp?topic=/com.arm.doc.genc010197a/index.html ARMv8 Instruction Set Architecture Manual] (ARM InfoCentre registration required) - See the section on Acquire/Release and Load/Store, especially Load/Store Exclusive (e.g., LDREX)
==== Atomics ====
'''Atomics''' are operations which must be completed in a single step (or appear to be completed in a single step) without potential interruption.
* Wikipedia has a good basic overview of the need for atomicity in the article on [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linearizability Linerarizability]
* GCC provides intrinsics (built-in functions) for atomic operations, as documented in the GCC manual:
** [http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc-4.8.2/gcc/_005f_005fsync-Builtins.html#_005f_005fsync-Builtins Legacy __sync Built-in Functions for Atomic Memory Access]
** [http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc-4.8.2/gcc/_005f_005fatomic-Builtins.html#_005f_005fatomic-Builtins Built-in functions for memory model aware atomic operations]
* The Fedora project has some guidelines/recommendations for the use of these GCC builtins:
** http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Architectures/ARM/GCCBuiltInAtomicOperations
 
=== Friday (Feb 7) ===
 
==== Hack Session: Potential Project Analysis ====
 
Select a project from the [[Winter 2014 SPO600 Software List]] and perform these steps:
# Edit that page to put your name in the "Claimed by" column.
# Investigate the package to determine:
#* If the current version has been built for ARM (e.g., exists in the Fedora aarch64 port - fastest way to test is to use 'yum' inside the arm64 emulation environment on Ireland)
#* What the platform-specific code in the software does
#* Whether portable work-arounds exist
#* The need for an aarch64 port or for platform-specific code elimination
#* Opportunities for optimization
#* The amount of work involved in porting and optimizing, and your skills for performing that work
# Based on the result of your investigation, decide on your interest in the project.
#* If you wish to choose this project for yourself, place it on your row in the [[Winter 2014 SPO600 Participants|Participants]] page.
#* If you do not wish to choose this project, remove your name from the "Claimed by" column in the [[Winter 2014 SPO600 Software List|Software List]] page.
# Repeat until you have two packages.
 
{{Admon/note|Overload|It is strongly recommended that you choose two projects with a total scope sum of 0-1. If you wist to try a higher or lower sum, or more or less than two projects, please talk to your professor.}}
{{Admon/tip|RPM Packages|For sofware that is present in the rpmfusion repositories but not in Fedora, you can use <code>yumdownloader --source ''packagename''</code> to grab the source RPM and then examine it using the RPM tools. See [[RPM Packaging Process]] for information.}}
=== Week 5 Deliverables Friday (Oct 17) ===
* Blog about your two selected projects, including your detailed initial analysis of them.[[Compiler Intrinsics]]** You may want to break this The use of compiler intrinsics (e.g., those in gcc, or in another compiler) locks you into a couple the use of posts - that specific compiler (or another that supports the exact same intrinsics), but it provides platform portability. It is better to use language features (e.g., post about C11 or C++11 atomic and acquire/release syntax) where possible, but since that is often not possible, the use of compiler intrinsics is more maintainable than inline assembly.** GCC provides intrinsics (built-in functions) for atomic operations, as documented in the GCC manual:*** [http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc-4.9.1/gcc/_005f_005fsync-Builtins.html#_005f_005fsync-Builtins Legacy __sync Built-in Functions for Atomic Memory Access]*** [http://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc-4.9.1/gcc/_005f_005fatomic-Builtins.html#_005f_005fatomic-Builtins Built-in functions for memory model aware atomic operations]** The Fedora project has some guidelines/recommendations for the use of these GCC builtins:*** http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Architectures/ARM/GCCBuiltInAtomicOperations* Select your first package while you're working on project(s):** Criteria:**# Interest**# Scope**# Fit between your second.skills and project needs** Feel free to also blog about why you did '''not''' choose particular packages# Upstream status (e.g., too.dead project)
=== Week 6 7 Deliverables ===
=== Tuesday (Feb 11) === * Architecture-specific code for Performance** Sometimes assembler is used in a C/C++ program for performance. However, modern versions of C/C++ (such as C++11) and recent compilers provide portable ways of accessing high-performance processor capabilities, such as Single Instruction/Multiple Data (SIMD) instructions (called "marketing names" such as SSE, Neon, MMX, 3DNow, or AltaVec on various processors).** Linaro enginener Matthew Gretton-Dann gave a good presentation on # Select at least two software packages from the [http://wwwperformance.linaro.org/linaro-blog/2013/09/20/introduction-to-porting-Linaro performance web site] and-optimising-code/ Porting and Optimizing Codeor the [[Fall 2014 SPO600 Packages by Participant|Packages]] for aarch64page. The vectorization portion, beginning at 28# Record your choice on:10, provides a good introduction to SIMD and autovectorization using GCC on aarch64 (Note that the earlier portion of the presentation includes good information about Atomics).*** ## The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epzYErIIx0Y YouTube VideoFall 2014 SPO600 Participants|Participants page]] direct link*** [http://www.linaro.org/assets/common/campus-party-presentation-Sept_2013.pdf Slides] direct link** Note so that your colleagues in class know that you're working on the presentation above, Matthew takes the code beyond portability without straying into assembler package(e.gs).'''Note:''' Package choices will be approved by [[User:Chris Tyler|your professor]], using compilerbut will usually be accepted on a first-specificcome, architecturefirst-specific intrinsics). It is possible to achieve almost all of the performance gains without becoming arch-specific, and most of those can be attained without becoming compiler-specific as wellserved basis.* For full details on the SIMD instructions in aarch64, refer to the ## The [http://infocenterperformance.armlinaro.com/help/index.jsp?topic=/com.arm.doc.genc010197a/index.html ARMv8 Instruction Set Overvieworg Linaro performance web site], particularly section 5.7. === Week 6 Deliverables ===* Complete your analysis - this will tell other people outside of your two selected software projects (if you haven't already) our group within the Linux-on- see [[#Week 5|Week 5]]. Blog in detail about your findings.* Identify the upstream communities ARM community that develop and maintain the software you have selected to work are working on. Figure out how they are structured, how they communicate, how code is maintained, and how patches are accepted. Introduce yourself to each of the two communities package(one for each of the two software projects you have selecteds). Blog # Investigate and blog about your findingschoice.
== Week 7 =='''Over reading week:'''* Project Work# Contact the upstream communities for the packages you have selected -- so that they know that you are working on the package and to open a channel of communication for your forthcoming patches (or benchmarks, or other results).# Formulate a work plan that will conclude with landing your software changes in the upstream software before the end of the course.# Blog about your work plan and what you need to investigate/learn in order to complete your project.
== Week 8 ==
* Project Work ([[User:Chris Tyler|Chris Tyler]] is at [http://www.linaro.org/connect-lca14 Linaro Connect]) this week.
* Aim at getting your code changes upstream to your communities
== Week 9 ===== Tuesday (March 11Oct 28) ===* Status updates* Update from Linaro Connect* Discussion of useful tools** screen** time
=== Friday (March 14) ===* Comparison of Emulation** QEMU** Fast Model and Foundation Model* Install and configure Working with the Foundation ModelCode** [[:fedora:Architectures/ARM/AArch64/QuickStart|Fedora AArch64 Quick Start]]** [http://www.linaro.org/engineering/engineering-projects/armv8 Linaro Foundation Model Instructions]Working with GIT* Baseline BenchmarkingWorking with other version control systems
==== Resources ====* Foundation Model** [http://www.arm.com/products/tools/models/fast-models/ ARM Fast Models] - Note that "fast" here refers to Looking at How Distributions Package the modelling approach, not execution speed!* Benchmarking** [http://www.tokutek.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/20130424-percona-live-benchmarking.pdf Benchmarking Talk by Tim Callaghan] === Week 9 Deliverables ===* Set up the Foundation Model* Upstream your proposed code changesCode* Blog about your workUsing fedpkg
== Week 10 =Friday (Oct 31) ===* Benchmarking and Profiling
=== Tuesday (March 18) ===
* Profiling with <code>gprof</code>
** Build with profiling enabled (use the option <code>-pg</code>with both gcc and ld)
** Run the profile-enabled executable
** Analyze the data in the <code>gmon.out</code> file
* [http://www.thegeekstuff.com/2012/08/gprof-tutorial/ Profiling with GProf]
=== Week 8 Deliverables ===* Blog about your progress connecting with the communities associated with your projects and working with the code. == Week 9 ===== Tuesday (Nov 4) ==* Profiling/baseline benchmarking review* Hacking session === Friday (March 21Nov 7) ===* Gather Hacking session === Week 9 Deliverables ===* Blog about your baseline statistics for benchmarking/profiling. == Week 10 ===== Tuesday (Nov 11) ===* Presentation on your softwareproject status === Friday (Nov 14) ===* Running AArch64 code on x86** Foundation models** [[AArch64 QEMU User Space Emulation]]
=== Week 10 Deliverables ===
* Blog about your baseline benchmark project status  == Week 11 ===== Tuesday (Nov 18) ===* Discussion and hack session** Blog post about upstreaming: [https://www.linaro.org/blog/core-dump/working-upstream/ What do we mean by working upstream: A long-term contributor's view] === Friday (Nov 21) ===* Discussion and hack session === Week 11 Deliverables ===* Upstream your changes/test results/documentation* Blog about your work* '''Note: Blogs will be marked as of Nov 21 11:59 pm''' == Week 12 ===== Tuesday (Nov 25) ===* Project update presentations === Friday (Nov 28) ===* Discussion and hack session: ''Commercial vs. Technical Reality'' == Week 13 == === Tuesday (Dec 2) ===* Discussion and hack session === Friday (Dec 5) ===* Wrap-up session* '''Remember: Final project submissions via blog are due 11:59 pm December 10.'''  <BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>

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