Taming the Flash Beast

This article is the first of an introduction series about flash memory. A high-level introduction shall we say. Not the kind that takes you straight to the electron and drags you through the depths of quantum physics. No. The purpose of this series is to provide useful information from an operational perspective. Things that you

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Screenshot of the Eclipse CDT debug configuration panel.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 4 — Debug Configuration

In this article we’ll look at the last step of setting up a C/C++ embedded development project within Eclipse CDT. Which is creating and launching a debug configuration for the project. The kind of project managed or Makefile base does not affect the debugging process so these instructions applies to both types of projects.

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Code example of implementing a firmware upgrade procedure using TSFS snapshot and revert features.

Firmware Update Implementation Using TSFS Snapshots

In the previous article of this series on TSFS snapshots, we have shown how snapshots can be used to design a simple yet robust firmware upgrade procedure. This time, we go from design to implementation, delving into the specifics of the TSFS snapshot management interface. More specifically, we show how we can meet our initial

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Firmware upgrade procedure block diagram using a snapshot to save the state of the file system prior to beginning the upgrade procedure.

Firmware Upgrade Design Using TSFS Snapshots

This article is the first part of a twofold series on one of the most unique TSFS feature: snapshotting. In this first article, we show how snapshots can ease application development, providing the application designer with an elegant way of handling concurrent read/write accesses. We also introduce a simple firmware update example, to help us

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Timing diagram of various high-level failures that could break the coherence of a data logging application.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 3: Enforcing Coherence Through Transactions

In this article, we show that TSFS transactions go beyond preserving file-level integrity, and can also be used to enforce coherence across multiple files and directories. To support the discussion, we present a real-life application example and demonstrate how a single additional call to tsfs_commit() is all that is needed to make the code immune to unexpected failures.

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Time diagram of the protection afforded by a transactional file system against various unexpected failure points during a file update.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 2: TSFS Transactions

In this second article in this series we see how an application can be designed to withstand such unforeseen events, using TSFS transactions. Doing so, we introduce the tsfs_commit() API. We also discuss the write transaction atomicity property, by which applications can be safely designed ignoring potential partial update issues.

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Time diagram of various file system unexpected failures and their impact on data and metadata corruption.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 1: Introduction

This is the first article of a three-part series on fail-safe, storage-related application design. The first part of the series lays out the fundamental problem of unexpected failures and briefly discusses partial solutions. The second part introduces the TREEspan File System(TSFS) transactions as a means to protect the application against such potentially disruptive events. Finally,

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TreeSpan File System (TSFS) logo.

Introducing TREEspan File System

Last week was one of pride and excitement for the JBLopen’s development team as we released our latest product, the TREEspan File System (TSFS). After the official announcement and presentation, we feel the need to introduce the newcomer in a more personal way, such as we see it from the inside. Above all, we would

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Plot of a MicroBlaze system memory access latency and memory bandwidth versus the working set size.

MicroBlaze Benchmarks Part 2 – Memory Bandwidth & Latency

Following the last article on core performance this article looks at the MicroBlaze memory bandwidth and access latency. Within the article benchmarks results are presented and discussed for various configuration of the MicroBlaze memory sub system such as local memory, AXI blobk RAM and external SDRAM memory.

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Close up screenshot of the Eclipse IDE editor with a custom Makefile displayed.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 3 — Makefile Project

In this third part of the series on setting up a bare-metal GCC toolchain in Eclipse we look at Makefile projects. A Makefile project, is more complicated to setup but offers greater control and flexibility over the build process. A Makefile based project is also independent of Eclipse and can be built and maintained easily outside of Eclipse which can be useful for automated builds.

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Digilent ARTY7-35 development board with USB and Ethernet cables connected.

MicroBlaze Benchmarks Part 1 – CoreMark Performance

Following the success of the MicroBlaze configuration guide this article looks at core performance benchmarks of the Xilinx MicroBlaze using the EEMBC CoreMark benchmark. Like the previous article series, this article looks at various memory hierarchy configurations including local and external DDR memory and their impact on core performance.

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Close-up screenshot of the Eclipse IDE showing the code editor open with a portion of the toolbar.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 2 — Managed Build Project

This guide will go through the steps of creating a managed build project using Eclipse and the GCC toolchain setup in the previous guide. Along with basic instructions the guide includes information on how to setup the cross-gcc build as well as how to fix common build issues when using Eclipse and GCC.

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Taming the Flash Beast

This article is the first of an introduction series about flash memory. A high-level introduction shall we say. Not the kind that takes you straight to the electron and drags you through the depths of quantum physics. No. The purpose of this series is to provide useful information from an operational perspective. Things that you

Read More »
Screenshot of the Eclipse CDT debug configuration panel.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 4 — Debug Configuration

In this article we’ll look at the last step of setting up a C/C++ embedded development project within Eclipse CDT. Which is creating and launching a debug configuration for the project. The kind of project managed or Makefile base does not affect the debugging process so these instructions applies to both types of projects.

Read More »
Code example of implementing a firmware upgrade procedure using TSFS snapshot and revert features.

Firmware Update Implementation Using TSFS Snapshots

In the previous article of this series on TSFS snapshots, we have shown how snapshots can be used to design a simple yet robust firmware upgrade procedure. This time, we go from design to implementation, delving into the specifics of the TSFS snapshot management interface. More specifically, we show how we can meet our initial

Read More »
Firmware upgrade procedure block diagram using a snapshot to save the state of the file system prior to beginning the upgrade procedure.

Firmware Upgrade Design Using TSFS Snapshots

This article is the first part of a twofold series on one of the most unique TSFS feature: snapshotting. In this first article, we show how snapshots can ease application development, providing the application designer with an elegant way of handling concurrent read/write accesses. We also introduce a simple firmware update example, to help us

Read More »
Timing diagram of various high-level failures that could break the coherence of a data logging application.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 3: Enforcing Coherence Through Transactions

In this article, we show that TSFS transactions go beyond preserving file-level integrity, and can also be used to enforce coherence across multiple files and directories. To support the discussion, we present a real-life application example and demonstrate how a single additional call to tsfs_commit() is all that is needed to make the code immune to unexpected failures.

Read More »
Time diagram of the protection afforded by a transactional file system against various unexpected failure points during a file update.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 2: TSFS Transactions

In this second article in this series we see how an application can be designed to withstand such unforeseen events, using TSFS transactions. Doing so, we introduce the tsfs_commit() API. We also discuss the write transaction atomicity property, by which applications can be safely designed ignoring potential partial update issues.

Read More »
Time diagram of various file system unexpected failures and their impact on data and metadata corruption.

Fail-Safe Design with the TREEspan File System Part 1: Introduction

This is the first article of a three-part series on fail-safe, storage-related application design. The first part of the series lays out the fundamental problem of unexpected failures and briefly discusses partial solutions. The second part introduces the TREEspan File System(TSFS) transactions as a means to protect the application against such potentially disruptive events. Finally,

Read More »
TreeSpan File System (TSFS) logo.

Introducing TREEspan File System

Last week was one of pride and excitement for the JBLopen’s development team as we released our latest product, the TREEspan File System (TSFS). After the official announcement and presentation, we feel the need to introduce the newcomer in a more personal way, such as we see it from the inside. Above all, we would

Read More »
Plot of a MicroBlaze system memory access latency and memory bandwidth versus the working set size.

MicroBlaze Benchmarks Part 2 – Memory Bandwidth & Latency

Following the last article on core performance this article looks at the MicroBlaze memory bandwidth and access latency. Within the article benchmarks results are presented and discussed for various configuration of the MicroBlaze memory sub system such as local memory, AXI blobk RAM and external SDRAM memory.

Read More »
Close up screenshot of the Eclipse IDE editor with a custom Makefile displayed.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 3 — Makefile Project

In this third part of the series on setting up a bare-metal GCC toolchain in Eclipse we look at Makefile projects. A Makefile project, is more complicated to setup but offers greater control and flexibility over the build process. A Makefile based project is also independent of Eclipse and can be built and maintained easily outside of Eclipse which can be useful for automated builds.

Read More »
Digilent ARTY7-35 development board with USB and Ethernet cables connected.

MicroBlaze Benchmarks Part 1 – CoreMark Performance

Following the success of the MicroBlaze configuration guide this article looks at core performance benchmarks of the Xilinx MicroBlaze using the EEMBC CoreMark benchmark. Like the previous article series, this article looks at various memory hierarchy configurations including local and external DDR memory and their impact on core performance.

Read More »
Close-up screenshot of the Eclipse IDE showing the code editor open with a portion of the toolbar.

GCC Toolchain Eclipse Setup Guide Part 2 — Managed Build Project

This guide will go through the steps of creating a managed build project using Eclipse and the GCC toolchain setup in the previous guide. Along with basic instructions the guide includes information on how to setup the cross-gcc build as well as how to fix common build issues when using Eclipse and GCC.

Read More »