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Open Source: Do you love it or hate it?

By Paul Tingey Paul Parkinson's recent post Linux in Aerospace and Defense outlined some of the questions being raised about the adoption of Linux in missions critical applications. Of course as Linux has evolved over the last few years, it's "suitability for purpose" has been questioned by just about everyone who has come into contact with it. This analysis often…

Hello old friend

By Dan Poirot This just showed up in my Inbox in 14-point Marketing type: Wind River To Support Sun's Breakthrough UltraSPARC T1 Multithreaded Next-Generation Processor So 'Hello' old friend, the years have been really good to you! Has it really been 20 years? SPARC and I are old friends. I was a Sun-4 and SPARC sysadmin back in the day…

Software Core Values

By Maarten Koning What core values do you use when you design software?  For VxWorks, we defined the core values to be small footprint, scalable and modular functionality, high performance, low latency and determinism, and reliability.  Enumerating the core values for software is pretty useful – it allows you to evaluate designs or technology at a high level to see…

Quality vs. Customer Support

By Bulent Kasman "What is the single most important thing your manufacturer can do to make you completely happy with their service?"(IMV ServiceTrak Survey 2005) This was the question that caught my attention at a presentation I attended recently. Apparently the question is multiple-choice, with one answer allowed. Actually, the PDF form of the executive summary seems to be available…

Embedded = IT + 15 years?

By Tomas Evensen The cryptic title refers to an observation that many people have about the Embedded Industry; that it is trailing the IT industry by a number of years and that most trends in the IT world eventually will find their way to the embedded world. This is especially true as we are finding our way to the world…

Fault Propagation Paths

by Maarten Koning I like to use the term fault propagation a lot. It has so many uses. When we talk about multiprocessor systems, we think about fault propagation across a bus or other interconnect at the electrical level, the protocol level and even at the service level. It is bad enough if a fault in a piece of code…