Boeing picks Linux for C-17 avionics test equipment

DULUTH, Ga., 2 Feb. 2006. Concurrent today announced that its RedHawk Linux operating system has been selected by Boeing for use in Symtx avionics test equipment used in support of the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Air Force C-17 modernization program.

DULUTH, Ga., 2 Feb. 2006. Concurrent today announced that its RedHawk Linux operating system has been selected by Boeing for use in Symtx avionics test equipment used in support of the Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Air Force C-17 modernization program.

Concurrent's high-performance quad processor COTS-based iHawk systems powered by the RedHawk Linux operating system will be used in hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation testing of the C-17's avionics subsystems.

Proven reliability and guaranteed response time were important factors that contributed to the overall attractiveness of Concurrent's RedHawk Linux operating system. RedHawk Linux also met the high frame rates required in the HIL simulation without frame overruns.

HIL simulation is a critical product development process that provides for comprehensive testing of components in a virtual environment in which other subsystems are replaced by mathematical models. Components to be tested are inserted into a closed loop that is reproducible, systematic, fast and more reliable than actual bench testing.

Boeing uses Concurrent's NightStar tool kit to reduce engineering time and labor costs. NightStar, a GUI-based set of real-time software development tools, enables system builders to maximize their engineering productivity and optimize application performance. NightStar tools are specifically designed to allow integrators to intelligently identify problems early in the project life cycle -- and correct them faster. Also, Concurrent's MaxAda compiler and toolset will be utilized for Boeing's development of real-time Ada applications.

"Boeing Integrated Defense Systems is a technological leader in our nation's defense development especially in the area of avionics and other critical requirements. We look forward to supporting Symtx in meeting Boeing's rigorous demands, ensuring engineering success through the use of our iHawk COTS-based products powered by RedHawk Linux," said Warren Neuburger, Concurrent's COO.

Concurrent's COTS-based iHawk systems are powered by up to eight Intel Xeon or AMD Opteron processors and up to 64 Gigabytes of memory in rack mount and tower enclosures. iHawks are true symmetric multiprocessors that run a single copy of RedHawk Linux. Configurable with a wide range of commercially available components, the iHawk is the ideal platform for today's simulation, data acquisition, process control and other mission-critical applications.

RedHawk Linux provides fast response to external events, optimized interprocess communication, and high I/O throughput needed for time-critical applications. RedHawk Linux, compatible with the popular Red Hat distribution, has gained acceptance as a leading real-time Linux operating system for high-performance applications by customers throughout the world. RedHawk Linux guarantees that a user application can respond to an external event in less than 30 microseconds on a dedicated processor.

Symtx, Inc. is an independent manufacturer of functional test systems for the Defense industry's prime contractors.

Concurrent is a leading provider of high-performance, real-time Linux software and solutions for commercial and government markets. For 40 years its best-of-breed products have enabled a range of time-critical solutions including: modeling and simulation, high speed data acquisition, visual imaging, low latency transaction processing and on-demand television. Concurrent's on-demand television applications are utilized by major service providers in the cable and IPTV industries to deliver video-on-demand (VOD).

This global company has regional offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and has products actively deployed in more than 24 countries. Concurrent's products and services are recognized for being uniquely flexible, comprehensive, robust and reliable. For more information, see www.ccur.com.

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