January 2011

Industry Insider

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LynuxWorks and Themis Team to Demonstrate Rugged and Secure Server Solutions 

LynuxWorks and Themis Computer have announced that they have teamed up to demonstrate a new rugged, high-performance multilevel secure platform solution. The companies are showcasing LynuxWorks’ LynxSecure secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor running on Themis’ CoolShell blade server. LynxSecure is a highly secure virtualization solution that utilizes the CoolShell’s hardware-virtualization technology and multiple processor cores to provide a versatile platform for secure environments. LynxSecure makes it possible to securely run multiple guest operating systems and their applications in separate partitions on a single platform. 

For example, it is possible to securely bring together multiple applications with varied security classifications and run them in separate partitions on a single server. This would allow low security applications such as C/JMTK mapping, chat messaging and weather to run together on the same server with high security applications such as software defined radio (SDR). LynxSecure provides the necessary infrastructure for secure communication and works in conjunction with encryption and other protections required by specific applications. It conforms to the multiple independent levels of security (MILS) architecture, which provides strict guidelines for data isolation, damage limitation and information flow policies. Furthermore, LynxSecure’s virtualization environment allows legacy applications to run unmodified, enabling systems to be modernized with increased information sharing and security. Consolidating multiple applications on a single compact platform allows a savings in Space, Weight and Power (SWAP). It also reduces equipment costs and system maintenance. 

Themis’ CoolShell blade servers combine network connectivity with up to eight optical/copper ports and a simplified cabling system for easy installation and maintenance. Low total cost of ownership (TCO) is ensured by modular, front panel-only access for all active components. Network and I/O security is ensured through the use of independent controller channels, including both Copper and Fiber Gigabit Ethernet NICs. Themis’ CoolShell technology provides kinetic management and thermal headroom to accommodate aggressive scaling of commercial microprocessor and GPU core density, speed and power.


DDS Messaging Middleware Scores for High-Speed Gaming Platform

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) and Xuenn Limited, a mobile and non-mobile business and entertainment software solutions provider, have announced that Xuenn has deployed RTI messaging middleware in AgileBet, a popular sports betting platform. Used by some of the largest gaming companies in the industry, AgileBet uses RTI Data Distribution Service to enable the rapid processing of transactions.

AgileBet requires low-latency, high-performance messaging with multicast capabilities and data-caching for odds engines, transactions, risk management and more. RTI’s messaging middleware easily meets these demands while providing real-time communication between multiple distributed subsystems as well as high availability through redundancy and automatic failover. AgileBet can process at least 50,000 concurrent users at any given time, making such factors essential. 

Recently, Xuenn engaged the RTI Professional Services team to optimize Quality of Service (QoS) to assist with a large-scale deployment. The implementation involves the extensive use of RTI Data Distribution Service as the core messaging solution and a robust RTI monitoring system set up alongside. RTI Monitor, a graphical diagnostics tool, captures critical messaging traffic patterns for business analytics.


OpComp in October: A New Conference on Optical Computing

A new forum dedicated to optical computing technologies is being launched in October 2011. OpComp 2011 will take place on October 24th and 25th at the Wyndham Hotel in San Jose, California. It is intended to bring together academia, research and development, and application developers in one place to discuss optical computing technologies for critical embedded computing systems. Technology to be covered at OpComp includes connectors, waveguides, backplanes, chipsets and other key technologies.

OpComp is a concentrated forum that provides the technical description of a sweep of new optical technologies for computing that are currently under development or research. The business rational for these new technologies will be presented, as well as the practical challenges and opportunities associated with new optical computing technologies.

Targeted for attendance at the sessions and exhibits are system architects, system designers, hardware designers, manufacturing and test engineers, product strategists, corporate and private investors, senior corporate managers, and government research organizations. A conference advisory panel is currently defining the program details. Companies interested in participating are encouraged to contact OpComp event organizers now at


Renesas and Green Hills Collaborate to Develop Software for CPU Virtualization 

Renesas Electronics and Green Hills Software have announced collaboration to jointly develop basic software supporting CPU virtualization technology suitable for real-time control applications as well as a software development environment. Through the collaboration, Renesas will develop added functions necessary for the efficient operation of virtualization software. This will enable high-speed real-time control and improve the usability of the software development environment. The functions will be incorporated into microcontrollers (MCUs) with a V850 CPU core. 

Green Hills Software will port the Multi integrated development environment (IDE), which includes components such as a compiler and a debugger that already support Renesas V850 cores. The new CPU virtualization technology will provide support for software that enables multiple applications to run independently and simultaneously on a single CPU, such as the Integrity RTOS.

The Green Hills IDE will generate compact and high-speed instruction code optimized for the CPU virtualization technology provided by the Renesas Electronics V850 core. When combined with virtualization software such as Integrity Secure Virtualization, which supports safety standards such as IEC 61508, the software development environment will deliver the means to develop and implement with high efficiency applications with excellent functional safety. There are also plans to include support for the emerging ISO 26262 functional safety standard. The software development environment will be available through Green Hills Software as part of the Multi product family.


Cavium Networks Extends MIPS Architecture License

MIPS Technologies has announced that long-time MIPS licensee Cavium Networks has reaffirmed its commitment to the MIPS architecture by renewing its license of the high-performance MIPS64 architecture. The MIPS64 architecture provides a high level of performance for applications including networking and computing. Incorporating powerful features, standardizing privileged mode instructions, supporting past ISAs and providing an upgrade path from the MIPS32(R) architecture, the MIPS64 architecture provides a solid high-performance foundation for future MIPS processor-based development.

Cavium’s Octeon multicore processor family, based on the MIPS64 architecture, offers a scalable, high-performance, low-power solution for intelligent networking applications ranging from 100 Mbit/s to 40 Gbit/s. The Octeon processors have been widely adopted in mainstream and leading-performance routers, switches, storage networking equipment, security appliances, data-center equipment, and a broad range of 3G, WiMAX and LTE infrastructure equipment including base stations, radio network controllers, aggregation systems, mobile subscriber gateways and deep packet inspection (DPI) equipment.


Emerson and Mercury Team to Promote Interoperability Standards in Military and Aerospace 

Emerson Network Power and Mercury Computer Systems have announced that they will collaborate to promote interoperability on open standards-based subsystems for military and aerospace applications. This alliance seeks to provide interoperability between the companies’ range of embedded computing solutions, in order to enable defense customers to migrate their performance away from proprietary closed architectures to flexible open solutions, reducing risk and lowering development and deployment costs as a result.

This alliance combines the strengths of both companies—Mercury’s leadership in high-performance signal and image processing, open standards hardware and software and systems integration and services—with Emerson Network Power’s leadership in standards-based embedded computing technology for the telecommunications, industrial automation, aerospace/defense and medical markets.


Energy Micro Appoints World’s First VP of Simplicity

Energy Micro has announced the appointment of Øyvind Grotmol as VP of Simplicity.  Supporting the company’s aim of dramatically reducing MCU system complexity and development times, Øyvind will head up the evolution of Energy Micro’s software tools, code libraries and development kits, including the recently announced Simplicity Studio and RF protocol stacks for the upcoming Energy Friendly Radio (EFR) products.

Grotmol moves to Energy Micro from Medallia, Inc., where he was director of research and innovation, building a market-leading SaaS platform including OLAP, data mining and visualization, and text analytics technology. He relocates from Sunnyvale, California to Energy Micro’s Oslo, Norway headquarters.

Øyvind previously developed patented technology for hardware data compression for Tandberg Storage and won the Microelectronics Award from the Norwegian Microelectronics Forum and the industry magazine Elektronikk for his thesis written at Nvidia.  He has won medals in the International Mathematical Olympiad, the International Physics Olympiad, and the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals, and holds an MSEE from NTNU in Trondheim, Norway.

The ultra-low-power EFM32 Gecko microcontroller’s comprehensive development environment comprises Energy Micro’s own energyAware software tools and code libraries, development kits and a broad range of third-party IDE/compiler, debug adapter, programmer and RTOS products.