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Software enables RTOS, general-purpose OS to run simultaneously

Posted: 21 Feb 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RTOS? Linux? Wind River? RTS? OS?

Real-Time Systems GmbH (RTS) has announced the Real-Time Hypervisor software that enables RTOS, such as Wind River VxWorks, to run simultaneously with a general-purpose OS, for example Linux, on a single hardware platform while ensuring real-time behavior of the RTOS.

This new technology uses modern multicore processors where each core may be assigned a separate OS. The company expects this product to find wide use in industrial automation, medical, telecom as well as in military markets.

Many embedded applications simultaneously require hard real-time performance, data processing, visualization as well as seamless connectivity to the enterprise. Unless so-called "Real-Time Extensions" meet all specified requirements, multiple hardware platforms are necessary to safely and independently host the GPOS alongside an RTOS.

By leveraging modern multicore hardware architectures like the Intel Core Duo processors, the RTS Real-Time Hypervisor enables safe and independent operation by allocating processor cores, memory and devices to individual OS. Users can specify the boot sequence and even reboot one OS while the other remains in full operation. In order to facilitate communication between OS, a configurable User-Shared Memory as well as a TCP/IP-based virtual network driver is supplied as part of the RTS solution.

Deployment of multiple OS on multicore processor platforms is a logical step in embedded systems design, reducing total hardware costs while increasing reliability and system performance.

The RTS Real-Time Hypervisor is available today in beta version. Final customer release will be in summer 2007.

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