Virtualization, introduced by IBM in the 1960s, has become a disruptive technology in the enterprise server space and is now a force in embedded device design, allowing developers to reduce bill of materials by consolidating hardware, introduce open source software safely and securely, and improve device management. Mark Milligan of VirtualLogix will explore how a technology originally created for enterprise servers can now benefit developers designing embedded connected devices. Embedded connected devices have design constraints that are fundamentally different than enterprise servers. These include the necessity to have predictable, real time responses to real-world input, and significant hardware architectures including much smaller memory footprint. Also, unlike IT environments where there are limited choices of operating systems, the embedded market features dozens of real-time operating systems both commercial and internal proprietary that have been tailored over many years for specific application requirements. Yet virtualization can still bring similar benefits such as consolidation and improved management and security to these devices. In order to use virtualization technology in the embedded space, developers had to create a fundamentally different technology, which would answer these unique requirements. At VirtualLogix, this is called Real-Time Virtualization. Real-Time Virtualization software enables multiple operating systems to run simultaneously on the same single or multi-core processor while maintaining hard real-time and high throughput requirements. While bringing similar benefits such as hardware consolidation, improved management and software reuse, real-time virtualization can also maintain the real-time performance and small memory footprint requirements of embedded connected devices.

Virtualization, introduced by IBM in the 1960s, has become a disruptive technology in the enterprise server space and is now a force in embedded device design, allowing developers to reduce bill of materials by consolidating hardware, introduce open source software safely and securely, and improve device management. Mark Milligan of VirtualLogix wi... Show more

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