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Wind River Drives IoT Device Development with Real-Time Virtualization Offering
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Wind River has announced a major update to its real-time virtualization offering that allows customers to further reduce cost and innovate connected devices. The update includes storage virtualization capabilities, enhanced security capabilities, and expanded processor support.
Virtualization Profile for VxWorks is based on Wind River virtualization 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 virtualization, 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.
“Virtualization is a key attribute in GE’s global vision for industrial control systems in the era of the Industrial Internet. It allows the GE businesses to combine their real-time control logic, HMI, security, and cloud connectivity into a single platform,” said Wes Skeffington, principal engineer at GE. “Wind River’s virtualization offering provides the right attributes like scalability, storage virtualization, real-time behavior, virtual machine isolation, and security capabilities to realize this vision.”
Updates to Virtualization Profile for VxWorks include storage virtualization 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 virtualization framework makes the virtualization profile a flexible and highly customizable virtualization layer for embedded devices.