LynuxWorks has announced LynxSecure 4.0 now supports the new Intel Core i7 and i5 processor families. LynxSecure is a separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that provides an environment in which multiple guest operating systems and their applications can execute at the same time, in their own virtual partitions, without compromising security, reliability or data integrity.
The new generation of Intel Core processors offers a new microarchitecture and features multi-core processing using Intel Turbo Boost and Intel Hyper-Threading Technologies. In addition to being software-compatible with previous IA-32 processors, the new processor families now include both an integrated graphics engine and a memory controller—which gives developers an efficient two-chip platform to use in designing demanding virtualised solutions. These new embedded processors are aimed at meeting the needs of developers in retail, medical, gaming, military and government and energy industries.
Designed to maintain the highest levels of military security, and built from the ground up to achieve it, LynuxWorks claims LynxSecure 4.0 now offers an industry-leading combination of security with functionality, allowing developers and integrators to use the latest software and hardware technologies to build complex multi-OS-based systems.
LynxSecure offers two virtualisation schemes, para-virtualised guest OSes such as Linux and LynxOS-SE offering maximum performance, and fully virtualised guest OSes such as Windows, Solaris and Chromium OS, requiring no changes to the guest OS. Another key feature that LynxSecure offers is the ability to run guest OSes that have Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) capabilities. The new quad-core Intel Core i7 processor makes this feature a reality by allowing one of the guest OSes to run across multiple cores, offering performance that LynuxWorks claims has never been seen before in a virtualised embedded system.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.