NEWS: MontaVista claims an ultra-fast 1 second Embedded Linux Boot Time - Embedded.com

NEWS: MontaVista claims an ultra-fast 1 second Embedded Linux Boot Time

Santa Clara, Ca. – MontaVista Software claims it has achieved a one second ulta-fast boot time on MontaVista Linux for embedded industrial applications.

According to Jim Ready, CTO of MontaVista Software, the company said that at the Virtual Freescale Technology Forum this week it demonstrated a sample dashboard application fully operational in one second from cold boot, achieving a level of previously unmatched performance on any embedded Linux.

According to Ready, for industrial automation and other similar applications, fast boot and response time is critical to successful operation. “Applications must be fully operational at power on and cannot be delayed due to the volatile nature of the platform and environment,” he said.

“Variables such as power fluctuation, network failure, device availability, and memory management must be responded to with no loss of performance and functionality. These same demanding requirements are found not just in Industrial Automation applications, but automotive, aerospace, and military applications as well.”

According to Ready, it's always been thought that embedded Linux could never perform at this level of speed and efficiency.

“The increase in control processing requirements, more sophisticated data communications and algorithmic processing requires greater interaction between processors and operating systems,” said Bruno Baylac, global director of industrial marketing at Freescale Semiconductor.

The application was built on MontaVista Professional Edition Linux and Freescale Semiconductor MPC5121e hardware built on Power Architecture technology.

Ready said 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,” he said.

MontaVista will be providing demonstrations during the Virtual Freescale Technology Forum this week through Thursday, July 16. To view the demo, simply register for the Forum at www.freescale.com/vftf and visit MontaVista's virtual booth during the event. To learn more go to www.mvista.com.

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