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Waseda University professor of computer science Hironori Kasahara

Waseda University Professor Hironori Kasahara says that Japanese researchers are developing a software standard for multicore processors that target different application areas than Intel's processors.

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Japanese researchers led by Waseda University computer scientist Hironori Kasahara will spend the next year planning for a project to develop a new software standard for multicore processors. The researchers will use Kasahara's energy-saving software to study multicore processors in the hopes of creating a universal standard for a wide range of technological equipment, including cell phones and global positioning systems. If the research team's three-year research proposal is approved, they will develop multicore processor architectures, a "parallelizing compiler with power reduction capabilities," and an application programming interface (API).

"We are developing a software de facto standard or API for multicore processors for consumer electronics and real-time embedded systems, [such as those used in] automobiles," Kasahara says. "Our targets are for consumer electronics and real-time embedded systems like cell phones, digital television sets, car navigation systems, robotics, and automobiles."

Kasahara denies that the new project is a threat to Intel, arguing that its processor focus is different and that the team is not interested in standardizing hardware. However, he says that if his research proposal is approved, he would want to develop a test microprocessor by 2012 that uses the parallelizing compiler and API.

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