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Wind River to Enable Virtualization for Devices with Introduction of Scalable Hypervisor
Wind River Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIND), the global leader in Device Software Optimization (DSO), today introduced the industrys most comprehensive multicore software solution for device development. Wind Rivers multicore software solution will help companies solve complex business challenges by taking advantage of multicore processing and virtualization.

In connection with todays announcement, Wind River announced that it will introduce a scalable hypervisor that will enable virtualization for devices across a broad range of vertical markets, including networking, industrial and consumer devices. The ability to virtualize hardware allows multiple operating environments to share underlying processing cores, memory and other hardware resources. Virtualization presents the opportunity for device manufacturers to reduce hardware costs and power consumption, leverage existing intellectual property (IP) and innovate by adding new capabilities to existing devices.

Wind Rivers hypervisor will incorporate the same rigorous design practices and technology that Wind River uses for its safety critical and security sensitive products, such as Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS). This heritage in developing safe, secure and reliable products for mission-critical aerospace and defense applications ensures a highly robust and high-performance hypervisor. Wind Rivers hypervisor will be tightly integrated with VxWorks® and Wind River Linux, and can support a variety of other operating systems. It will be available for early access in August 2008.

With the introduction of virtualization, Wind Rivers comprehensive multicore software solution will consist of three pillars:

  • Flexible multicore software configurations: Wind Rivers support for Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP), Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) and virtualization will provide the most flexible set of operating system configurations for multicore.
  • Comprehensive multicore development tools: Based on the Eclipse platform, Wind River Workbench offers the only end-to-end, open standards-based collection of tools for optimizing multicore software design, development, debugging, test and management.
  • Industry leading operating systems: VxWorks and Wind River Linux are the industrys leading real-time operating system (RTOS) and commercial-grade Linux platform, respectively.

Wind River is the only company that can provide such a comprehensive multicore approach and level of flexibility to take advantage of multicore and virtualization, said Tomas Evensen, chief technology officer at Wind River. This level of flexibility will help future proof customers investments as new, more advanced hardware comes to market and ensure the flexibility to create differentiating devices both in the short and long term.

For more information about Wind Rivers multicore software solution, please visit

Published Monday, June 16, 2008 5:53 AM by David Marshall
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