Most people I talk to are very interested in virtualization technology, especially when it comes to managing the power of multi-core processors. However, many people are wary of the feasibility and stability of the technology and are wondering how much of this has been proven in real systems.
Well, I don't think we have anything to worry there.
Wind River has been delivering virtualization solutions since 2002 with VxWorks 653, a virtualization solution aimed at safety critical Integrated Modular Avionics. VxWorks 653 has been proven on the world's most challenging aircraft: Airbus MRTT and A400, Boeing C-130 AMP, Boeing KC-767 Tanker, Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing P-8A Multi-Mission Maritime Aircraft among others.
Aerospace products are some of the most challenging systems ever built and the fact that virtualization has been common-place in that environment for a number of years should be sufficient proof that the technology is ready for prime time.
Wind River has used the experience from the VxWorks 653 platform to build its VxWorks MILS Platform and the Wind River Hypervisor. This experience in virtualization layers, combined with the strength of VxWorks and Wind River Linux allows Wind River to provide customers with a complete solution to use virtualization in your embedded devices.