Archive For May, 2011

14 articles

Simics 4.6 Initial Impressions

By Jakob Engblom Simics 4.6 is now out, and I would like to share some of my initial impressions of the new version. The most visible new feature is probably the Simics source code debugger in Eclipse.  Source code debug might seem a yawn, but the way it has been integrated with Simics provides some new and unique abilities that at…

Google I/O and MeeGo Developer Conference – A Tale of Two Events

By Chris Buerger First off, let me say that it is not fair to directly compare the two conferences to draw a conclusion about the comparative future of Android and MeeGo. Both software stacks are at a different place in their respective life cycles, and important maturity indicators such as overall ecosystem support (silicon providers, device manufacturers, application developer community…

IDEF 2011

By Paul Parkinson Recently, 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 demo filters packets of…

And Then There Was One

By Mike Deliman NASA concludes attempts to contact Mars Rover 'Spirit' Last night the news of Spirit's mission coming to a close hit my mailbox.For me, her journey started about eleven years ago.  A call from JPL came to my office phone, it was Glenn.  "Mike, we're putting the team back together, we're going back to Mars."Those words were like…

When embedded software testing is a life or death issue

By Ido Sarig When I was in high school, there was a popular TV show called “Moral Dilemma” that aired in my native country. It featured a panel of professionals such asdoctors and lawyers who discussed “life or death” issues related to their daily work:  Would you represent and defend a client charged with murder after he confided in you…

Embedded is cool (and getting even cooler)

By Paul Anderson When people ask me what I do, I never know how to answer the question. Most people state their occupation. But, does that define what we do? I usually respond with something cheeky like “metabolize,” or “provide for those around me” or “go running or fly airplanes any chance I get.” But, usually people want to know…

Teaching Operating Systems with Simics: An Interview with Massimo Violante

By Jakob Engblom Wind River Simics has been used in teaching for as long as I have been aware of Simics. Indeed, my first contact with Simics was when it was used in a graduate computer architecture course at Uppsala University in Sweden. In that course, we modeled cache hierarchies and replacement strategies with Simics and measured the performance results.…

Getting Started with OpenSAF

By Glenn Seiler Usage of OpenSAF is growing exponentially. The number of companies I hear from that are evaluating or considering using OpenSAF grows every month. A common trend that I see more and more often is that someone in an R&D capacity or someone charged with creating a prototype downloads OpenSAF from opensaf.org and begins working with it, to…

It Was Like Sending My Son Off to College…

By De Anna Mekwunye 1992 was an eventful year for me and for Wind River.  I started with the company on June 1st and within several months I learned that the small private company that I started with was now planning an IPO.  Once we announced that we would be going public, many of our lives changed.  A group of…

Twenty, Thirty, and Sixty Years Ago

By Jakob Engblom In 2011, we mark several anniversaries here at Wind River and in the world of virtual platforms.  First of all, it is 30 years since Wind River was founded, in 1981.  Ten years later, in 1991, the first code of what would become Simics was written by Peter S Magnusson at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science.  Thus, Simics turns 20!  2011 also…