Monday, June 15, 2009

Wind River Adds Virtualization to its Multicore Software

Wind River has released a new Hypervisor capability that supports virtualization on single and multicore processors. It provides integration with Wind River's operating systems (VxWorks and Wind River Linux) and supports other operating systems. The Wind River Workbench development tools suite has been extended to support developing software that runs on the Wind River Hypervisor.

"Wind River Hypervisor brings virtualization to devices so embedded developers can achieve improved device functionality on smaller form factors," said Tomas Evensen, chief technology officer, Wind River. "We're responding to significant market demand by extending our industry-leading multicore software solution to include a high-performance hypervisor for virtualization."

Earlier this year, Wind River introduced VxWorks 6.7, which allows system designers to select the optimal multicore design configuration, AMP or SMP, to deliver next-generation devices with higher performance while maintaining or reducing power consumption. Now, Wind River Hypervisor enables systems designers to use a supervised AMP configuration that makes an AMP system easier to configure.

Separately, Wind River also announced today VxWorks MILS Platform 2.0, the latest addition to the industry-leading VxWorks product portfolio, which leverages Wind River Hypervisor technology to provide virtualization. The virtualization provided by the hypervisor, coupled with the security properties of the entire VxWorks MILS separation kernel, results in a MILS architecture designed to provide a high level of assurable security.