Hypervisors. Help Or Hindrance

Almost everything is a tradeoff and tipping the scales is usually influenced by the end product goals. Hypervisors have a few such parameters.

Brian Bailey is Technology Editor/EDA for Semiconductor Engineering and has written an interesting article related to Hypervisors.

Hypervisors are seeing an increased level of adoption, but do they help or hinder the development and verification process? The answer may depend on your perspective.

In the hardware world, system-level integration is rapidly becoming a roadblock in the development process. While each of the pieces may be known to work separately, as soon as they are put together, the interactions between them can create a number of problems. The industry is working to come up with some tools and methodologies that constrain this problem.

In the software world, they are taking a different approach. They are using a hypervisor to create well-defined interfaces between the individual software blocks, ensuring that one cannot disturb another. This enables applications to be built that are more robust, provide a significant increase in security, allow for staged development and enables the controlled intermixing of attributes of a real time environment, with a more flexible operating system environment such as Linux.

But this problem is multi-faceted, and what helps in one area can cause problems for another. Balancing all of them may depend on what you are attempting to create and the value you place on certain attributes of the development process. “Safety critical applications are becoming increasingly competitive, and there is always a push for more functionality in these systems,” says…

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Rethinking Verification For Cars

Semiconductor Engineering

First of two parts: How the car industry can improve reliability.

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering has written an article on how to improve reliability in automotive.

As the amount of electronic content in a car increases, so does the number of questions about how to improve reliability of those systems.

Unlike an IoT device, which is expected last a couple of years, automotive electronics fall into a class of safety-critical devices. There are standards for verifying these devices, new test methodologies, and there is far more scrutiny about how all of this happens.

“We are moving from ADAS to autopilot, from autopilot to autonomous driving,” said…

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Imperas Expands University Partners Program

Imperas Provides Free Access to Open Virtual Platforms Models and Imperas Software Development, Debug and Test Tools

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 27, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced the expansion of the Imperas University Program, with 34 universities now participating.  The worldwide Imperas University Program was created to inspire and support the next generation of technologists and innovators. It grants academic and research institutions access to the tools and technology needed to address difficult challenges across embedded software and systems, from development and test, to quality and standards compliance, to security and IoT, to system architecture and optimization. Through this program, Imperas software reaches thousands of students and professors worldwide every year.

The Imperas University Program encourages participation in the embedded systems community in three ways:  use on research projects, use in the classroom, and sharing of virtual platform models through the Open Virtual Platforms (OVP) Library. 

Universities currently using Imperas and OVP tools and models for coursework and research include:

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Andrew Schmidt at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI) commented, “Imperas tools and models provide us with enhanced capabilities to pursue research we could not otherwise achieve with significantly less upfront development effort.  The virtual platforms allow us to rapidly explore state-of-the-art prototypes and bridges the gap between hardware and software development.”

“Imperas OVP modeling and high-level simulation platforms unify both hardware and software development for multi-core designs, and are clearly the wave of the future. Access to the University Program allows my student’s access to advanced technologies essential to their future endeavors” statedProfessorJong Tae Kim ofSungkyunkwanUniversity (SKKU).

Professor Fernando Gehm Moraes at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul, (PUCRS) said “At PUCRS, we use Imperas virtual platforms in projects on multiprocessor SoC modeling, power evaluation, and programmability, as well as computer science graduate program courses on SoCs and research architecture. Our research group (Grupo de Apoio ao Projeto de Hardware, or Hardware Design Support Group), also leverages these tools.


Recent projects, presentations and publications include:

“Virtual platforms are critical to meet the challenges of increasing software complexity, and security, that today’s students will face,” said Duncan Graham, university program manager for Imperas.  “Imperas is investing in the next generation of innovators, who will help revolutionize embedded software development.”


Over 7,000 students and academics from over 1,000 university departments currently subscribe to the Open Virtual Platforms website, which features freely available processor core models and OVP-based virtual platforms.  These models work with the Imperas and OVP simulators, including the QuantumLeap parallel simulation accelerator with performance of over ten billion instructions per second. 

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Imperas Announces Coontec as Distributor in Korea

Coontec to Provide Technical Support and Distribution to Embedded Systems Customers in Korea

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., today announced a new partnership with Coontec Co., Ltd., a Korea-based provider of embedded software solutions. This distribution and support partnership combines technology-leading Imperas high-performance software simulation and virtual platforms with the power of Coontec’s expertise on embedded systems for the automotive, IoT and mil-aero markets, to further drive the adoption of virtual platforms in Korea.

“Embedded software time to market, quality and security issues have emerged as key business drivers,” said Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas. “We are excited about partnering with Coontec to extend our reach in the Korean market to help every embedded software-enabled organization create embedded software better, faster, and with less risk.”

“We have seen that virtual platform based methodology can accelerate IoT product development,” said Han Jin Cho, executive director of ETRI Korea.  “Imperas OVP models combined with the Imperas embedded software tools, supported by Coontec’s experienced staff, is a great solution for the Korean market.” 

“Coontec has seen that Imperas offers the best portfolio of virtual prototyping and simulation solutions in the world,” said Joon Pang, CEO of Coontec. “Our partnership allows us to offer customers a comprehensive solution to enable shorter time-to-market and enhanced reliability in software development, debug, and test. Imperas will bring greater security and speed to our customers’ development projects than ever before.”

About Coontec
Coontec Co., Ltd. is a leading research and development company focused on embedded systems, software and security technology. Coontec provides solutions and support to maximize embedded software development efficiency and quality, and to accelerate safety and security. For more information, visit http://coontec.com/

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Lee Moore of Imperas Receives RAeC Award from HRH Prince Andrew for New Aviation Traffic Awareness Technology

Affordable PilotAware product is an ARM/Linux based real-time embedded system with smartphone iOS/Android application that helps pilots avoid accidents and save lives

Oxford, United Kingdom, September 20, 2016 - Imperas Software Ltd., the leader in high-performance software simulation, is proud to announce that Imperas’ own Lee Moore has received an Royal Aero Club (RAeC) award from His Royal Highness Prince Andrew at the Club’s annual Awards Evening held at the Royal Air Force Club in London’s Piccadilly.

HRH Prince Andrew presenting RAeC Award to Lee Moore

HRH Prince Andrew presenting the RAeC award to Imperas’ Lee Moore

The RAeC Awards are the highest recognition for achievement in sporting and recreational flying in the UK and date back over 100 years; many of the greatest names in the UK’s aviation heritage have been recipients of the certificates, cups and trophies that the Club presents.

Lee Moore has developed PilotAware, a new, low-cost traffic awareness device which receives ADS-B transmissions from suitable Mode S transponders, and transmits a radio signal with GPS positioning data to other PilotAware units. Information is also delivered to tablet-based navigation systems such as SkyDemon & EasyVFR, where traffic details can be shown on-screen. The affordable PilotAware system makes the hardware and RF protocol public, and can transmit NMEA messages to various transponders capable of providing ADS-B out.

“Designing an embedded system around an ARM processor that runs real-time Linux with several radio peripherals and a handheld software application makes software test and verification the biggest challenge we faced during development. The difficulty comes in interacting with the real world which is dynamic and changing by definition.” said Lee Moore.

PilotAware system showing several different real-time interfaces

“The use of simulation where you can capture real world interactions and make things deterministic, and which allows you to replay different scenarios and see how the software responds and predicts issues makes software test and verification much quicker, simpler and more rigorous.” continued Moore.

“PilotAware has done a fantastic job of raising the profile of traffic awareness in the UK GA community, by delivering a solution which is affordable and works with the navigation software people are already using. This and other initiatives like it will hugely accelerate the widespread adoption of such technologies and ultimately make everyone in aviation safer,” said Tim Dawson, founder and managing director, SkyDemon.

“With increasing risks of mid-air collisions in Europe, EasyVFR encourages the use of PilotAware in conjunction with our Navigation software. Our mutual customers are already benefiting from the increased levels of aviation conspicuity (see and be seen) provided by these complimentary technologies,” said Rob Weijers, Founder PocketFMS / EasyVFR.

Simon Davidmann, CEO of Imperas Software commented:  “I think this is fantastic that Lee Moore has used his extensive expertise of complex embedded systems hardware and embedded software development to create such a system as PilotAware that can really help avoid collisions, reduce accidents and casualties.” Davidmann continued: “To win such an award is recognition of Moore’s interests and skills regarding embedded systems development and we are pleased that our staff can provide such practical expertise to Imperas customers”.

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