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Compiler optimised to speed up code execution

Posted: 09 Aug 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:open source  code execution  optimised compiler 

However, compiling FPGA code is an extremely long and resource-intensive process that can take hours or days to complete. To alleviate the need to dedicate a development machine to compiling FPGA code, NI is working to help LabVIEW users offload FPGA compiling to the cloud; in this process, LabVIEW users can seamlessly use powerful, dedicated remote computers to compile their LabVIEW FPGA code, freeing their development machines to be used for other purposes.

Fourteen popular submissions from the LabVIEW Idea Exchange were implemented in LabVIEW 2010 including many that improve code documentation and organisation. These include increasing the default maximum number of UNDO steps per virtual instruments from 8 to 99 and the automatic creation of wire labels as well as reducing the number of mouse clicks required to move switch items in the connector pane from 8 to 2.

LabVIEW now also provides a hardware configuration tool that makes it possible for users to access and configure their LabVIEW Real-Time targets remotely via a Web browser. Other features include a smart installer that automatically detects the software associated with a serial number for faster installation and an improved instrument driver finder that offers prebuilt project examples for specific instruments.

Interfaces have been improved to reusable code, group VIs and their hierarchy for faster build times and separate the VI source code from the compiled version to aid in source code management. These capabilities are suitable for large group development where code maintenance across many users, software versions and computer platforms is critical.

- Colin Holland
EE Times

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