Archive For November, 2006

4 articles

VxWorks 6.4 POSIX PSE52 Conformance Certification

In the post 'Great News for POSIX', Alex Wilson commented on the announcement that VxWorks has becomes the first operating system to achieve certified conformance to POSIX PSE52 Realtime Controller 1003.13 standard. Alex has also discussed the different POSIX profiles here. I was thinking about what this announcement means for developers? I have to confess that it's been a while…

Linux fit for Defense

In an earlier blog, I commented on the potential use of Linux in Aerospace & Defense, but I didn't provide any background information to support my assertion that people seem to either love or hate Linux, and that often their views are formed from emotive arguments and prejudice rather than rational fact-based discussions. Last week, Paul Tingey discussed some interesting…

Is safety-critical ready for multi-core?

You may feel that you're experiencing déjà vu reading this blog, but the title 'Is safety-critical ready for multi-core?' is different to an earlier blog, which was 'Is multi-core ready for safety-critical?'. In the earlier blog, I discussed some recent developments in multi-core processors in the context of their suitability for use in safety-critical systems. In this blog, I want…

Pentagon urges ‘relevant’ R&D

In a recent article in EETimes ('Pentagon urges 'relevant' R&D' , 23rd October 2006, pages 1 & 80), George Leopold reported on a marked shift in US federal R&D funding away from high-risk, high-reward defence research towards technologies needed to counter immediate threats. There appears to have been some indications of this emerging trend in recent years, but this definitive…