Last week, I attended the The Open
Group, Rome 2010 conference, specifically the Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum track (agenda), in order to participate in the MILS API standardization working group sessions.
The goal of the working group is to produce a standardized API for a Minimal Runtime (MRT) environment which is suitable for High Assurance systems, which will enable portability of middleware between MILS platforms and aid interoperability. The working group wrestled with some fundamental aspects of the MRT, including goals/objectives, characteristics and implementation architecture, but these were productive sessions. There's still a long way to go, but these were important steps in the right direction. Watch this space for further developments!
It was also useful to have the opportunity to attend the RTES Forum presentations. Some of the highlights for me were Ed Roberts of Elparazim's presentations on AADL, Olaf Tetteo of Brightsight's presentation on 'Certification & Mutual Recognition above EAL-4 in Europe', and my colleague Alex Wilson's presentation on 'Challenges of Multicore, potential impact on Safety Critical and High Assurance Security Environments'. Open Group members can download the proceedings from here (login required).
With such a packed agenda, I was worried that we might not have an opportunity to see the delights of Rome, but fortunately for the Tuesday evening, The Open Group had arranged a tour of the stunning Capitoline Museum followed by the conference dinner on the rooftop terrace which had a spectacular view of the city skyline.