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LinuxDevices: CEO Interview: Victor Yodaiken of FSMLabs

Dec 19, 2003, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"Q: What's new technically?

"A: The 'wow' stuff is all in the applications. When people ask me what I do and I show them some code to minimize interrupt latency, their eyes glaze, but if we show them what Steve Rosenbluth does with RTLinux--making Tom Cruise's fake horse look ridiculously lifelike in 'The Last Samurai,' or what Dean Annesser's group at Pratt&Whitney do with RTLinux for jet engine construction, there is a different reaction. The goals we have for the operating system kernel are to make it as boring as possible for users--it should just work out of the box and perform with no surprises. We think of ourselves as making something like structural beams. The glamor is in the apps. This year applications have included everything from low cost rockets to robots that can catch balls, a massive data storage system, a high end smart real-time router, UAV's (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), wireless radio controllers for machinery, and automated warehouses..."

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