LONDON At the Virtual Freescale Technology Forum this week, MontaVista will be demonstrating a sample dashboard application fully operational in one second from cold boot claiming a new level of performance for embedded Linux.
The demo application was built on MontaVista Professional Edition Linux and Freescale Semiconductor MPC5121e hardware built on Power Architecture technology. The application requirements demanded visual feedback of critical real-time data in one second or less from cold power-on. These performance improvements were achieved through a combination of careful tuning of the entire software stack and a highly optimized kernel.
Industrial automation and other similar applications, fast boot and response time is increasingly critical to successful operation with applications fully operational at power on and cannot be delayed due to the volatile nature of the platform andenvironment.
Montavista says that variables such as power fluctuation, network failure, device availability, and memory management must be responded to with no loss of performance and functionality. Similar requirements are found in automotive, aerospace, and military applications as well.
“The achievement of one second boot from cold power to operational status is a breakthrough in embedded Linux performance,” said Jim Ready, CTO of MontaVista Software. “It's always been thought that embedded Linux could never perform at this level of speed and efficiency.”
Bruno Baylac, global director of industrial marketing at Freescale Semiconductor, added “MontaVista's achievement of one second Linux boot time on Freescale processors based on Power Architecture technology is a significant achievement.”
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