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IT-Director: And Now Real-Time Linux [TimeSys Linux/RT]

Mar 03, 2000, 16:15 (1 Talkback[s])
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"It was probably predictable and only a matter of time, but someone has finally decided to do a real-time version of Linux. The company is TimeSys Corporation, an established provider of products and solutions for real-time systems and the new Linux version is called, rather unimaginatively, TimeSys Linux/RT. TimeSys claims that its version of Linux is the first to extend the open-source kernel to provide predictable real-time response. To its credit TimeSys has chosen to extend the Linux kernel rather than layer a proprietary real-time OS over Linux."

"TimeSys claims that its Linux/RT architecture ensures that if a single real-time process crashes, the rest of the processes, as well as the kernel, will continue to run. It can also incorporate a proprietary layer called RTAI (Real-Time Applications Interface), which furnishes high performance and small system footprint characteristics. The product will be available in April from TimeSys free via Internet download and on CD-ROM for a nominal fee. TimeSys expects to make its revenue by offering a portfolio of interoperable software products, training, customisation and consulting services. These will include SuiteTime, a set of support tools and a real-time Java Virtual Machine (JVM)."

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