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Wind River Carrier-Grade Linux Goes to Space
By Robotics Trends Staff - Filed Jun 25, 2007
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Wind River Systems, Inc., (NADSAQ: WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today announced that it has been selected by Honeywell Aerospace to support the development of NASA’s New Millennium Program Space Technology 8 (ST8) Dependable Multiprocessor. The contract marks the first time a Linux platform has been selected by Honeywell for a space mission. Honeywell Aerospace is the prime contractor for NASA’s ST8 Dependable Multiprocessor project. Wind River(R) Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, will be the underlying operating system to support the processing of science and experiment data onboard the ST8 spacecraft.

Dependable Multiprocessor is a game-changing technology that will create a new generation of “smart” spacecraft and robotics for future exploration missions conducted by NASA. Composed of a state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)-based supercomputer architecture capable of incorporating both on-chip and FPGA-based algorithmic co-processors, Dependable Multiprocessor technology can autonomously and adaptively configure the level of fault tolerance applied to the COTS-based computer system in response to constantly changing mission environments and the criticality of the mission application. The Dependable Multiprocessor will allow the spacecraft to process and analyze its own data to make instant decisions about what is observed without having to send the information to Earth and wait for a reply.

“Honeywell is pleased to work with Wind River in the development of our Dependable Multiprocessor,” said Dr. John R. Samson, Jr., Principal Engineering Fellow at Honeywell Defense and Space. “As space missions continue to become more complex and demanding, it is critical that the onboard computing equipment be built to handle the intense data processing and analysis that is required. As a result of the demonstration of COTS in the ST8 flight experiment, the application of Dependable Multiprocessor technology is expected to yield unparalleled benefits for years to come, particularly in the reduction of development time, cost, and risk of future space systems.”

“One of the biggest challenges when developing a dependable multiprocessor is enabling a COTS board to work in the harsh conditions in space,” said Rob Hoffman, Vice President and General Manager, Aerospace & Defense at Wind River. “Wind River is thrilled to have been selected by Honeywell for such an incredible project. Customers like Honeywell continue to choose Wind River technology because of our ability to provide dependable, reliable, and most importantly, thoroughly-tested software solutions.”

Any material put into space is subject to variable accelerations, mechanical shock and vibration, harsh vacuum conditions, extreme temperatures, and often, intense particle and electromagnetic radiation. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, running in conjunction with GoAhead SelfReliant(R) Software, which provides high availability middleware, and Honeywell’s Dependable Multiprocessing Middleware on Extreme Engineering Solutions’ XPedite6031 boards, will support the demonstration of high availability and high reliability operation for the ST8 Dependable Multiprocessor experiment.

The ST8 mission is scheduled for launch in November 2009, with an expected duration of at least seven months consisting of two phases, including a one-month commissioning phase and a six-month experiment phase. The mission consists of four independent experiments, including the Dependable Multiprocessor on a common spacecraft bus being provided by Orbital Sciences Corporation. The Dependable Multiprocessor experiment will validate a computer system architectural approach that allows application flexibility by applying robust control of the high performance COTS cluster, enhanced software-based SEU (Single Event Upset) tolerance, and user-selectable redundancy only to the level required by the environment and the criticality of the task or computation.

About Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition
Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition, is a commercial-grade Linux solution for device development and deployment. The platform contains a fully tested and validated Linux distribution based on Linux 2.6 kernel technology. It is an open, cross-build system, leveraging “pristine source” packages and managing individual patches to transparently build the Linux run-time distribution for a specific device.

The platform combines a high performance kernel environment with powerful networking applications, file systems, management and security features. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment also includes the Eclipse-based Wind River(R) Workbench development suite, customer education to help jump-start your projects, a specialized professional services team and 24/7 global technical support.

About Wind River
Wind River is the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO). Wind River enables companies to develop, run and manage device software faster, better, at lower cost and more reliably. Wind River platforms are pre-integrated, fully standardized, enterprise-wide development solutions. They reduce effort, cost and risk and optimize quality and reliability at all phases of the device software development process, from concept to deployed product.

Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com or call 1-800-872-4977.

The Wind River logo is a trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc., and Wind River is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems. Other marks used herein are the property of the respective owners.

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Bite Communications for Wind River
Sara Chapman, 415-365-0375


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