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Real-time virtualisation boosts IoT device development

Posted: 31 Jul 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River  IoT  virtualisation  hypervisor  RTOS 

Wind River has unleashed enhancements to its real-time virtualisation offering that allows customers to further cut cost and innovate connected devices. The update includes storage virtualisation capabilities, better security capabilities and expanded processor support, stated the company.

Virtualisation Profile for VxWorks is based on Wind River virtualisation technology and extends the scalability capabilities of VxWorks by integrating a real-time embedded, Type 1 hypervisor into the core of the real-time operating system (RTOS). Through embedded virtualisation, it allows VxWorks customers to consolidate multiple disparate workloads on a single processor. Critical in today's era of IoT, it helps to address the need for robust, safer and more secure partitioning across all market segments.

A storage virtualisation through VirtIO allows devices to share a single storage controller, even a single disk, such as a Serial ATA device between multiple virtual machines (VMs), thereby dramatically reducing cost and complexity for consolidated systems. The run-time configuration, combined with support for the VirtIO device virtualisation framework makes the virtualisation profile a flexible and highly customisable virtualisation layer for embedded devices.

Enhanced security capabilities include seamless integration with the Security Profile for VxWorks. These capabilities help customers to guard security from power-on all the way through VM load and beyond with secure boot, secure load, and data encryption during transmission and after shutdown.

Expanded support for Intel Atom and Celeron processors, providing even greater choices for customers to build product lines that scale from low end controllers to major gateways and high performance compute and display stations.

The Virtualisation Profile for VxWorks is an integral part of the Intel Industrial Solutions System Consolidation series, a production-ready, virtualisation software stack used for running an assortment of industrial and IoT workloads on a single platform.

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