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Kill Bugs: Volume 1

By Emeka Nwafor The Bride: [Japanese] I need Japanese steel. Hattori Hanzo: [Japanese] Why do you need Japanese steel? The Bride: [Japanese] I have vermin to kill. Hattori Hanzo: [English] You must have big rats if you need Hattori Hanzo's steel. The Bride: [English] ... Huge. (from Kill Bill: Vol. 1)I will probably need the help of a therapist to assist me in decoding why…

The Multicore Transition: Tools are Key to Success

By Bill Graham We just announced a new release of our state of the art tools which includes an update to Workbench and Workbench OCD version 3.2, plus our Wind River Compiler suite (also known as the Diab compiler). This news reminded me of my days as a product manager for tools software and the need to talk about the…

What Exactly are You Testing, and How?

By Emeka Nwafor "What exactly are you testing? How are you testing it?"I'm sure that these are amongst the questions that product, business, and technical managers across the embedded software industry have asked themselves on several occasions throughout their careers. I know I have.The importance of testing embedded software isn't new. In my "youth", I remember our VP of Product…

Addressing Core Issues

By Mark Hermeling A good article from colleague Jens Wiegand on multicore in medical devices. Jens talks about consolidation and innovation, two driving factors in both medical and industrial devices. However, he also points out the flip side of the coin: certification. Virtualization can help provide strong separation on multicore, which makes certification manageable (the article goes into more depth).Jens…

Simulation? Virtualization? What’s in a name?

By Emeka Nwafor Check out this great panel round-table conversation about Virtualization & Simulation featuring a great set of panelists from Virtutech, Freescale, Cadence, GreenSocs, and our own Wind River CTO. The discussion touches on a number of important topics, including: the differences between virtualization and simulation the level of abstractions in models and their importance in predicting a system's…

Ada & C mixed language development

By Paul Parkinson Last week, I downloaded AdaCore's GNAT Pro 6.2.2 and the latest GNATbench 2.3.1 release (which was announced yesterday), as I wanted to port an Ada & C mixed-language application to VxWorks 6.7. I wanted to do this to show a customer how they can develop new Ada applications (as well reusing existing intellectual property) and integrate them…

2009 Autumnal Equinox

By Emeka Nwafor September 21st marks the last full day of the memorable summer of 2009, a summer that was memorable on several fronts - including personal and professional. My summer of 2009 includes memories of rainfalls of near biblical proportions, personal triumphs and losses, the passing of several social icons, and the evolution of the embedded software market.There is…

printf(“Hello World!!! \n”);

By Emeka NwaforI have been putting off launching my corporate blog for what seems like months. So today, it is with great excitement I say "hello" to the extended Wind River community! The issue of trying to chose what to write about in my first post has been a bigger challenge than I expected. I chose the "printf" title for…

The Software Managers’ Blind Spot….

By Paul HendersonI’m amazed at the consistency of input I’m getting from device software execs around the world about their lack of visibility into their testing process. Everybody is spending huge amounts of time and money (30-50% of their projects) on testing, but I haven’t found anyone yet that is comfortable with the result. I hear statements like this consistently:…

Creating the Next Generation of Technology Leaders

By Warren KurisuFIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) just kicked off the 2009 FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta Georgia.  If you aren’t aware of what the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is, check out this cool video.  I first became aware of FRC when I was visiting a key customer and partner, National Instruments, who asked me if…