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Authors: Corbett, Chris
Witten, Ian H.
Keywords: Computer Science
Issue Date: 1-Dec-1981
Abstract: Microprocessor hardware and software is usually commissioned with the aid of a dedicated support tool, be it a `universal' or manufacturer-specific development system. This paper outlines a different support facility for microprocessors based on a general purpose host and a star network of microprocessor satellites. The host-satellite configuration is described, together with a suitable structure for the satellites. Two levels of host-satellite interaction are then discussed: one facilitates the software development cycle only, while the second adds extensive run-time support by allowing each satellite access to host file systems and other resources. Finally we describe the generation of software tools such as cross assemblers and cross compilers, using examples from an existing system with a PDP-11/Unix host.
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