Meeting FDA Regulations to Update Medical Devices for Safety and Security

Meeting FDA Regulations to Update Medical Devices for Safety and Security

By Jeff Kataoka Protecting patients and promoting public health is a key directive for the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This directive includes oversight on the safe and secure use of medical devices for patient care. That means that if you are a medical device manufacturer, your company needs to ensure that its medical device is meeting FDA regulations…
Your Next Favorite Acronym – TRM!

Your Next Favorite Acronym – TRM!

By Ron Breault Even if you went on a really long vacation this summer, perhaps backpacking deep into California's John Muir trail, you've probably heard at least something about all the work that's been going on in The Open Group's Open Process Automation Forum, or OPAF.  I'll make the assumption here that you have some familiarity with OPAF, if not…
Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

Reliable, Safe and Secure? Ada and VxWorks Can Help!

By guest contributor Ben Brosgol, Senior Technical Staff, AdaCore Writing reliable, safe and secure software is tough. Doing it for for hard real-time systems with demanding certification requirements -- such as DO-178B or DO-178C for avionics -- is tougher and indeed is one of the most daunting challenges that a developer has to face. Meeting this challenge calls for experience-hardened…
The Critical Infrastructure Challenge: Developing and Supporting Software for the Long Term

The Critical Infrastructure Challenge: Developing and Supporting Software for the Long Term

By Gareth Noyes Software content is increasing in every realm of technology, and has been the catalyst for the explosive growth of entirely new market sectors. The development and deployment of software at scale has matured significantly over the last decade in enterprise- and cloud-IT applications. This has been enabled, among other factors, by: Uniformity of computing infrastructure (think of…
Generating Heat in Houston

Generating Heat in Houston

By Ron Breault Last week I traveled to Houston to participate in the latest face-to-face meeting of the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF).  OPAF is a relatively new organization, formed under the auspices of The Open Group and driven by the vision of a “standards-based, open, secure, and interoperable process control architecture.”  When I say “driven,” I’m not kidding; compared…
New Performance Breakthrough for VxWorks-based HPEC Systems

New Performance Breakthrough for VxWorks-based HPEC Systems

By guest contributor Michelle Watson, Marketing Product Portfolio Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions For years, designers of High Performance Embedded Computing (HPEC) systems have sought to free up critical resources and establish optimal performance for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications.  Today, system designers can take full advantage of the Intel® Xeon® D processor architecture for their multi-core/multi-board HPEC systems using…
Powering factory efficiencies and cost-effectiveness with Workload Consolidation

Powering factory efficiencies and cost-effectiveness with Workload Consolidation

By Jeff Kataoka Global industries are going through a major transformation as a result of both digital transformation and the never ceasing need to become more cost efficient.  New factories are being built in Asia, Europe, and Latin America as developing countries strive to grow their industrial infrastructure.  As they do that, these countries are using new technologies to establish…
Getting Creative with Telecom Network Virtualization

Getting Creative with Telecom Network Virtualization

By Jeff Gowan One of the fantastic things about network virtualization is that it is enabling the telecommunications industry to be much more creative. By virtualizing the functions that make up a telco network and running those functions on standardized servers, it opens up many more opportunities to do things differently, more cost effectively, and better. So, how is creativity…
VxWorks: Past and Future

VxWorks: Past and Future

By Andreea Volosincu The year is 2002. Brazil is winning the FIFA World Cup and the first cell phone to have a built-in camera is released in the US – yes, this story is THAT old. In the world of secure and reliable systems, Wind River releases VxWorks 5.5. Fast forward 16 years, VxWorks® 5.5 reaches its End-of-Life (EOL) status…
OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

OpenCV on VxWorks enables intelligence at the edge

By Ka Kay Achacoso When a wind turbine collects sensor data about its surrounding environment, or an off-shore oil rig logs its readings into its records, the data can be analyzed for decision-making factors: Are the sudden changes in engine noise an indication of wear?  Are there any flying objects headed towards danger zones? Are the engine settings optimal for…