Tools standardisation

Changing tracks for a moment I couldn't help but pick up on one of my Google Alerts this morning regarding what is essentially the technology behind DSO standardisation - ECLIPSE. Here is what I read Pluginfest Day TwoBy Adrian Taylor Some of the tools available from WindRiver, for example, are just light years ahead of what’s available for Symbian OS.…

Software Certification

I wonder why it is always the case that the period of time just before year end is suddenly very hectic! There must be a universal law about that, something like Murphy's Law...Anyway, I have just returned from 2 weeks of travel around Italy, Sweden and the US visiting customers and presenting our solutions. I always enjoy meeting folks and…

BARCO’s MOSArt

Another great piece of news! I was really pleased to see the announcement on BARCO's use of our VxWorks 653 operating system in their MOSArt system. I remember many years ago when BARCO decided to embark on the MOSArt project and they chose  Green Hills over us, if I recall correctly because at the time we had only just started…

Great news for POSIX

If you didn't see the Press announcement, we have just completed our conformance testing of VxWorks to POSIX 1003.13 PSE52 with The Open Group  [IEEE Conformance Web]!! This adds to the long line of "firsts" for VxWorks, including my favourite of being the first RTOS on MARS!. As I outlined in my blog on POSIX Profiles then PSE52 or Realtime…

Obsolescence and Standardisation

I was reading through one of my (many) news feeds the other day when I came across an excellent article in Flight which reminded me of issues around obsolescence. The contract as for an upgrade to the RAF Spitfires for modifications to the landing gear to accommodate new tubeless tyres. This reminded me of a presentation given at the COG…

Compliance vs Conformance?

What is the difference between compliance and conformance and what does that mean to you and me? Or more importantly what does this mean to your project? Well, compliance is an informal industry term generally accepted to mean the system provides support for some of a given standard. Technically, an OS that provides only one API of a POSIX standard…

POSIX Profiles

Well, as work caught up with me I missed the Lisbon experience, but apparently it was raining there anyway - so it was just like home! As I mentioned profiles in my last blog, I thought I would expand on these based on Andrew Josey's presentation [PDF from Open Group Site] to see what they look like and how they…

POSIX and DSO

Next week I am off to the Open Group Meeting in Lisbon (excellent!) to talk about High Assurance Software and MILS [podcast link]. No doubt POSIX will come up as the OpenGroup "looks after" POSIX. If you did not see the comment on POSIX posted to my last blog take a look. This is POSIX in a nutshell - it…

Embedded Systems Show UK

Coming from a DSO Company it was interesting to visit the UK ESS in Birmingham this week. The first thing I noticed there was a distinct lack of traditional software vendors there; no Linux vendors for instance, couple of RTOS vendors,couple of  DSO Companies, and also none of the Semi companies there. Without these how do you build embedded systems?…