TechWeb: Real-Time Linux Powers Jet Engine Test

[ Thanks to Matt for
this link. ]

“The trend to adopt real-time versions of embedded Linux got a
boost last week, when aircraft engine builder Pratt & Whitney
revealed that it used a Linux-based software kernel to test its new
F135 engine, which will power the U.S. military’s Joint Strike
Fighter aircraft.

“Following an announcement of the engine’s first test run to
full afterburner power last Monday (Feb. 2), Pratt & Whitney
engineers said Linux, long considered ill-suited to real-time
applications, played a key role in highly deterministic, real-time
tests. They said that a Linux-based product known as RTLinuxPro
served in the development and testing of software for the engine’s
full-authority digital electronic control, as well as handling
‘facility control’ of test stands at the company’s West Palm Beach,
Fla., engine plant…”


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