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Altreonic successfully delivers on the EuroCPS NoFist project

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Altreonic successfully delivers on the EuroCPS NoFist project 

(Novel Fine Grain Space and Time Partitioning for a Mixed Criticality Platform)

In the project, supervised by Thales TRT, Altreonic ported and further developed VirtuosoNext Designer, providing as an industry’s first fine-grain space and time portioning. The latter enables non-stop hard real-time processing by recovering from runtime faults in microseconds on the selected Freescale T2080 platform.

Non-stop hard real-time processing with VirtuosoNext for safety

A fault-tolerant, fully distributed RTOS

Just when you thought there was nothing new anymore in the world of RTOS, the VirtuosoNext RTOS announces seamless fault-tolerance, a milestone for embedded safety and security.

SynopsisAs the world is moving towards "smarter" systems, often embedded, and our life and society is becoming dependent on their uninterrupted operation, fault-tolerance is becoming a prime requirement. Just think about autonomous driving. Will it safely bring you home all the time? In case of a system fault, the reaction time is less than 100 milliseconds. No time for a reboot.

A consequence of the fine-grain space partitioning support in VirtuosoNext is the capability to recover from runtime faults within a few microseconds. The combination of fine-grain concurrency and this fast recovery effectively provides support for non-stop hard real-time processing even when faults occur without a complex and costly system design. VirtuosoNext non-stop capability means that fault-tolerance comes in reach in a cost-efficient manner, as well as in terms of development effort as in terms of compute resources. 

New booklet on real-time programming of multicore processors

Altreonic has released an updated version of its "QoS and real-time requirements for embedded many- and multicore systems" booklet. A major chapter was added covering the fine-grain partitioning support of VirtuosoNext on several target processors (Texas Instruments M3, A9, C6678 and Freescale 2080). The paper clearly shows that partitioning support for safety and security can be implemented with almost no penalties for the real-time behaviour. In addition, the code size remains very modest (ranging from less than 10 kbytes to 38 kbytes depending on the target). Download the attached publication for more details.

Video course by Leslie Lamport on TLA+

Leslie Lamport, the man behind TLA+/TLC, the formal modeling language we used to develop our RTOS kernel has started a series of video lectures on TLA+. If interested in a comprehensive and pragmatic approach to formal modelling, we can only recommend it.

The webpage with a discussion forum is here with the videos here

Open position

Altreonic is recruiting embedded software engineers. Candidates need to have a good understanding of low level programming (C and assembler), rigorous testing and preferably qualification requirements. Forward your motivated interest and resumé to Annie Dejonghe: a.dejonghe (@) altreonic.com. If selected as a candidate, be prepared for an intellectually challenging test.

Altreonic shows novel VirtuosoNext Designer at Hannover Messe

Altreonic has been demonstrating VirtuosoNext at the Hannover Messe, 24-28 April on the EUROCPS booth with Thales TRT. Visit us Hall 3, Booth E02 (European Comission). Altreonic's team has been meeting many interested visitors at the Hannover Messe April 24-28. Highlights were the novel City-KURT concept as well as VirtuosoNext.

 

VirtuosoNext™ Designer on Freescale QorIQ T2080/1

The fine grain memory protection in combination with microsecond real-time performance and a small code size is a breakthrough for VirtuosoNext Designer. In combination with the static programming model that eliminates many known safety and security risks, it delivers unprecedented real-time performance in combination with fine-grain partitioning for safety and security critical applications. 

Altreonic has now ported VirtuosoNext™ Designer to the Freescale QorIQ T2080/1 processor. The chip has 8 floating point cores implemented as 4 CPUs with a dual register set running at 1.8 GHz. The latest port of VirtuosoNext Designer delivers unprecedented hard real-time capability in the microsecond range in combination with fine grain task level space and time partitioning for embedded safety-critical applications. 

In contrast to traditional hypervisor based partitioning schemes, VirtuosoNext™ protects each application task separately in memory with a real-time response still available in the microseconds range as one expect from using an RTOS.  Moreover, the code size is measured in Kbytes, allowing optimal use of the on-chip caches for best performance.

VirtuosoNext RTOS unleashes the power of Sundance’s OpenVPX DSP board

Together they create a powerful and ultra-high bandwidth processing platform ideally suited for computation and bandwidth-intensive high-reliability and safety-critical applications

Chesham, UK – 21st February 2017. Sundance Multiprocessor Technology Ltd., an established supplier and manufacturer of high performance embedded solutions, has collaborated with Altreonic to port its multicore VirtuosoNextTM Designer embedded RTOS to Sundance’s VF360 3U OpenVPX single board computer (SBC), that integrates a Texas Instruments C6678 Keystone multicore DSP alongside an Altera Stratix® V FPGA.

Read more in the attached press release.

Wishes for 2017

Dear Reader,

2016 has been a difficult year for the world. If engineering trustworthy systems is not easy, engineering a trustworthy world is still beyond our reach. On the other hand, every mishap is an opportunity to do better next time. What seems to be the weak point is passing on the lessons learned. This explains why we have the cycles of Kontradiev and history seems to repeat itself.

Nevertheless, this year we were able to make good progress. GoedelWorks is now a stable engineering platform, VirtuosoNext Designer is now probably the most safe and secure RTOS environment and we applied these technologies in developing the KURT e-vehicle platform into a demonstrator vehicle with first commercial applications. It would be a mistake to assume that this is all a matter of technology. The binding glue is teamwork. Stay tuned for more in 2017 and wishing you all a better world.

The Altreonic team.

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