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Xen Collaborative Project proclaims embedded and automotive initiative

Published: August 19, 2014 | United States

The Xen Collaborative Project hosted at The Linux Foundation announced a new Embedded and Automotive initiative. Successful in running the world’s largest clouds and first to market with ARM support, a growing number of companies are increasingly interested in advancing open source Xen Project virtualization in non-data center scenarios.

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In the automotive industry, for instance, OEMs and automotive manufacturers that adopt open source virtualization are able to quickly and cost-effectively develop a flexible, robust, and customizable integrated cockpit — one that keeps drivers safe, while meeting consumers’ connected car expectations.

Artem Mygaiev, AVP Development at GlobalLogic Inc., will serve as the Embedded and Automotive Project Lead. Using Xen Project hypervisor provides excellent system security, resource isolation, high availability and easy integration of legacy and 3rd party applications. This makes the technology an ideal match for embedded systems across a range of industries, from automotive and avionics to mobile and consumer electronics.

“With ARM support, Xen Project technology is a perfect fit for embedded systems and automotive use. For example, our Nautilus platform, based on Xen Project virtualization, enables our in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and auto manufacturing partners to quickly and cost-effectively develop hybrid Android/Linux-based systems. Using Nautilus, developers are able to run multiple sandboxed OSes on a single System-on-Chip (SOC). This provides superior functionality and security for both infotainment and operational functions within a car.”Alex Agizim, CTO of Embedded Systems, GlobalLogic and Member, Linux Foundation Automotive Grade Linux Steering Committee

Additionally, previous code contributions from ARM, Citrix, DornerWorks, Galois and Washington University will complement the new subproject’s work. GlobalLogic also plans to contribute driver support for QNX and Android OSes common within the auto industry, several paravirtualization Linux kernel drivers and the ability to virtualize various GPUs, USB and audio devices without compromising performance. Enhancements to Xen Project Hypervisor on ARM, real-time scheduling, as well as improved security, boot time, stability and reliability are planned for the next two Xen Project releases.

Source: GlobalLogic

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