Lockheed Martin selects Aonix PERC Virtual Machine for Aegis weapon system

BIRMINGHAM, U.K., 11 October 2006. Lockheed Martin has selected the Aonix PERC Ultra virtual machine (VM) for the Aegis Weapon System Open Architecture Program. The Aegis Open Architecture team aims to enhance the capabilities and service life of the U.S. Navy's surface combat system while reducing its cost. To help achieve these goals, Lockheed Martin selected the Aonix PERC VM based on its ability to provide deterministic, real-time performance, and high productivity development.

Oct 11th, 2006

BIRMINGHAM, U.K., 11 October 2006. Lockheed Martin has selected the Aonix PERC Ultra virtual machine (VM) for the Aegis Weapon System Open Architecture Program.

The Aegis Open Architecture team aims to enhance the capabilities and service life of the U.S. Navy's surface combat system while reducing its cost. To help achieve these goals, Lockheed Martin selected the Aonix PERC VM based on its ability to provide deterministic, real-time performance, and high productivity development.

The Lockheed Martin Aegis team was faced with programming language selection for its Open Architecture Program. Java was selected for several critical subsystems due to its tool and library support along with its productivity and portability. However, traditional Java offerings could not meet the challenge of the critical timing requirements for the Aegis project. PERC Ultra offered Lockheed Martin the responsiveness it needed to meet its most demanding timing requirements. In addition to real-time threading and deterministic garbage collection, PERC Ultra provided the instrumentation and VM management tools necessary to support the mission-critical real-time requirements of the Aegis Weapon System.

The Lockheed Martin-developed Aegis Weapon System is the sea-based element of the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System. The Aegis Weapon System is a radar and missile system integrated with its own command and control system, capable of simultaneous operation defending against advanced air, surface, and subsurface threats.

PERC Ultra is available for Linux, Windows, and Solaris hosts and supports a variety of processor architectures and real-time operating systems. PERC development tools are available at no charge. Maintenance contracts start at $3000 for a single user.

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