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Remarkable

"Space... the final frontier" is how the pre-recorded message from NASA to the Crew of Discovery started this morning. This afternoon while covering the final departure of Discovery from the ISS, the Newsman said "Remarkable - a remarkable bit of technology and a lasting mark on history" - or something to that effect. I thought "Remarkable" - that's a word…

Autonomy and Robotic Advancement

A few months ago on the Robotics Virtual Trade Show in my presentation I spoke about the evolution of robotic systems.  One thing I predicted was as time goes on, robots will become more independent and autonomous, performing more of the work humans and mainframe-style systems have traditionally performed.  Among the robots I talked about were robots similar to NASA's Stardust…

Bringing Home the Science Bacon

MRO recently passed a milestone of bringing back more data than all previous deep space missions combined.  To do this MRO was equipped with a large dish antenna and powerful radio, and is running a more powerful computer than it's companions on and orbiting Mars.  It gets a fair share of antenna time from the DSN antennae on the ground.Science…

Virtually… Not Yours

So with all this virtualization going on, one computer can run multiple copies of an OS (or multiple OSs), all acting like they own the whole computer. With only some fancy shim layer keeping them from corrupting themselves and everything else, what are the implications for security?  Security is an issue that has been raised more frequently as computers have…

Virtually Yours…

This morning we've made a couple of announcements that will hopefully surprise and delight the Real Time computing community.  Wind River is releasing two new products that have their base in  virtualization: Wind River's Hypervisor, and Wind River's MILS 2.0.  Both of these products introduce platform virtualization, used in different ways.   Wind River's implementations allow for a "floatilla" of…

Processing Paradigm: it’s all about capacity

When I was a kid anything that was a computer, or had one in it, was pretty obvious. Computers weren't "just everywhere".  Now we've got multiple CPU chips on a board, multiple CPU cores on a chip, different kinds of cores on a single chip, multiple computer boards in a single chassis, ... it goes on.    These things are…