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VxWorks MILS 2.1 Platform hands-on

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I visited Wind River headquarters in Alameda, California, to learn about VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1 and to get hands-on experience with the release. I had been looking forward to the trip, as the 2.1 release adds some significant new capabilities: Wind River Linux as a guest operating system and the new High Assurance Network Stack…

Variable and Deterministic

By Jakob Engblom A virtual platform like Wind River Simics is generally designed to be deterministic. Determinism brings a host of benefits to users (repeatability of bugs, reverse execution, bug transportation, etc.), but is also easily misunderstood. Quite often, users fear that they will lose an important "feature" of a physical machine - its built-in variation across runs of the…

Test Automation Meets Simulation

By Paul Henderson I'm seeing increasing interest from many companies in using simulation environments with test automation systems to accelerate the testing process. Specifically, putting Wind River Test Management together with Wind River Simics is getting creative juices flowing in industry thought leaders. Why? Well, development teams have started to realize the benefits of simulation systems for speeding and validating system…

Transporting Bugs with Checkpoints

By Jakob Engblom I have a paper about "Transporting Bugs with Checkpoints" to be presented at the S4D (System, Software, SoC and Silicon Debug) conference in Southampton, UK, on September 15 and 16, 2010. The core concept presented is to leverage Wind River Simics checkpointing to capture and move a bug from the bug reporter to the responsible developer. It…

Wind River and IBM Attack Software Quality

By Paul Henderson As I've mentioned before, we've been working with IBM Rational for some time around quality management automation. Both companies see the skyrocketing software content and architectural complexity in the embedded device market as creating a tipping point where companies will not be able to continue with business as usual. Product development teams will need to take a…

VxWorks in Education: University of São Paulo, Brazil – Part 2

By Bill Graham In part two of my interview with Professor Glauco Caurin, we talk about some the research projects that they working on and how they are using VxWorks and other Wind River products: Q: Tell us about the research projects you have make use of Wind River Products. Can you give us more detail on the Kanguera, the…

It’s Time for Testers to Step Up

By Paul Henderson RTC Magazine recently published an article that I wrote called "Time to Rethink Software Testing for Embedded Devices". In it I describe some of the new techniques that are possible, and I believe necessary, to delivery high quality device software for embedded devices. When staying 'positive' doesn't pay Getting negative with white box testing Focusing on the…

Test Driven Development Meets Continuous Integration

By Paul Henderson In my last posting I mentioned I'd be running a webinar with James Grenning on Agile testing. James is a recognized expert and frequent speaker on the topic of software development and one of the original authors of the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. We talked about the case for agility where today's embedded software projects are…

VxWorks in Education: University of São Paulo, Brazil – Part 1

By Bill Graham Wind River regularly contributes to education programs across the globe. One of these institutions is the University of São Paulo (USP) in Brazil. They are doing some amazing things with VxWorks and Wind River products play a big role in research and education in their engineering programs. In the next few posts I have transcribed an interview…

Industry Investing in Better Device Runtime Visibility During Testing

By Paul Henderson Here’s the final installment in my series about our embedded device software industry testing survey conducted in April-May 2010 with almost 900 respondents (see previous blog postings).  If you’d like a copy of the full report in pdf, please drop me an email at paul.henderson@windriver.com and I will send it to you.In this section of the survey…