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Wind River Linux profiles step up to Yocto Project 1.7

Mar 23, 2015 — by Eric Brown — 1,002 views

Wind River updated its embedded Linux virtualization, security, and Carrier Grade profiles with Yocto Project 1.7, citing key benefits to IoT applications.

The Wind River Technology Profile updates announced today in conjunction with the Embedded Linux Conference in San Jose, Calif. bring three of Wind River’s vertical implementations of Wind River Linux up to date with last October’s Wind River Linux 7. The Open Virtualization, Security, and Carrier Grade Profiles, which are based on Wind River Linux, similarly advance to a foundation based on the latest Linux kernel, toolchain, and user space of the open source Yocto Project 1.7-based Linux filesystem.

Simplified architecture diagram for Wind River Linux 7
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The entire package of add-ons is designed to provide developers with “key capabilities to create the safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems that will harness the power of the Internet of Things (IoT),” says Intel-owned Wind River.

Wind River announced the Security Profile in April 2014 at the same time it unveiled an updated version of the Carrier Grade Profile. The profile was said to make Wind River Linux the first commercial embedded Linux platform featuring EAL4 certification via GP-OSPP (General Purpose Operating System Protection Profile).

Carrier Grade Linux architecture
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Security, in particular, is growing need in IoT, says Wind River. As a result of the persistent connectivity found in IoT devices and gateways, exposure to security threats increases, says the company.

The networking-focused Carrier Grade Profile is based on the Linux Foundation’s Carrier Grade Linux 5.0 specification. The previous version added support for more hardware architectures, as well as the integration of virtual routing functionality (VRF) with containers.

Wind River Open Virtualization Profile architecture
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Wind River’s Open Virtualization Profile was announced in June, 2013. It combines the open source Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor with a hardened, real-time Linux kernel based on Wind River Linux. The profile offers a real-time, deterministic KVM solution, complete with virtual machine management and a claimed minimum latency of less than three microseconds.

Wind River Linux and its Technology Profiles, which also include an Infotainment profile, are available as part of the Wind River Helix IoT portfolio of IoT products. Helix appears to include Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, which is used in Intel’s IoT Gateway Solution for IoT.

“The challenges around security and connectivity are becoming more complex with the growth of IoT,” stated Dinyar Dastoor, VP and GM of operating system platforms at Wind River. “Developers must work on projects demanding higher levels of security and performance within increasingly tighter schedules and budgets.”

Further information

Wind River will be showing off its new profiles and other Wind River technology at booth 9 at the Embedded Linux Conference 2015 in San Jose through Mar. 25. More information on the Wind River Technology Profiles may be found here.

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