Avionics Europe 2013 conference

Last week I attended the Avionics Europe 2013 conference, which was held in Munich for the last time perhaps (as it is moving to Abu Dhabi in 2014). The theme of this year's conference was 'Tackling the Challenges in Avionics: Single Sky Many Platforms', which continued to focus on the growth in air traffic across Europe and challenges arising for…

The Advent of Multicore MILS

It's been a rather long time since my previous blog post. I intended to post a blog before Christmas about our partner Curtiss-Wright's news release about VxWorks MILS support on the VPX6-187, but I simply ran out of time! So here it is as my first blog post of 2013. The Curtiss-Wright press release was actually quite a game changer.…

Avionics 2012 report

I've just got back from the Avionics Europe 2012 conference and exhibition which was held in Munich. The theme of this year's conference was 'Common Sky: Operating in One Air Space' focussing on the growth in air traffic across Europe, the challenges arising for air traffic management and navigation, and the development of SESAR air traffic management technologies. I was…

Avionics 2012 conference

It's been a long time since my previous blog, as unfortunately I've been engrossed in a number of projects! However, I have just got time to mention that I'm really looking forward to the Avionics Europe conference in Munich on 21-22 March. The conference programme is pretty packed, covering cockpit avionics and technologies for civil and military aircraft; and aircraft,…

DSEi 2011: submarine periscopes and invisible tanks

Last week, I attended the DSEi defence & security exhibition in London. As usual, it was an enormous event with a huge number of exhibitors, and it seemed to be even better attended than the 2009 event. I visited some of Wind River's customers and partners, and I was really pleased to see a demo of the VxWorks-powered Astute submarine…

Linux, Common Criteria, and OS Protection Profiles

In 2011, computer and network security news stories, which were previously the preserve of specialist journals and blogs, have become commonplace in the mainstream media. There are now many different types of threat, which are sometimes categorised into hacktivist, e-crime and most recently,advanced persistent threats (APT). Whilst some of these attacks have exploited zero day vulnerabilities, many of these attacks…

IDEF 2011

Last week, I attended the IDEF 2011 defence trade show in Instanbul as part of the Wind River team exhibiting on the Tektronik (Turkish distributor) stand. Our partner, Curtiss-Wright, who were also exhibiting at the event, had kindly lent me a VPX chassis and VPX6-185 board, which I used to demonstrate a Cross-Domain Solution (CDS) demo running on VxWorks MILS. The…

Fun with VxWorks MILS 2.1

It’s been a while since my previous blog, as I have been rather preoccupied with responding to a number of RFPs. However, I’ve managed to find some time to work on some demos for VxWorks MILS 2.1, which has been fun. VxWorks MILS 2.1 introduced support for Wind River Linux as a Guest OS (VxWorks Guest OS and High Assurance…

Safety-Critical Systems Symposium 2011

I'm looking forward to the 19th annual Safety-Critical Systems Symposium which is being held in held in the UK next week. The conference programme covers a range of subjects including safety cases, testing of safety-critical systems, updates to safety standards, and technologies. On the Thursday afternoon, I will be presenting a paper 'Safety, Security and Multicore'. Wind River will be…

Farewell to Del.icio.us

I was disappointed to read in TechCrunch this morning that Yahoo has decided to shut down the Del.icio.us social bookmarking website (or should I say service?). I started using Delicious a few years ago after I had become fed up trying to organise my website bookmarks. I often want to bookmark A&D news stories, blog articles, technical papers and standards,…