Mercury Systems has collaborated with Green Hills Software to revolutionise next-generation multicore platforms for the US Army’s advanced flight display systems.
The Mercury’s BuiltSAFE hardware and software portfolio delivers size, weight and power (SwaP) for avionics computers and display systems. It has a focus on mission systems, enhanced vision systems and synthetic vision systems for degraded visual environments.
The company has launched the ROCK-2 avionics subsystem and BuiltSAFE OpenGL graphics suite to take advantage of the CAST-32A and ARINC-653 compliant multicore features of Green Hills’ INTEGRITY-178 Time-Variant Unified Multi-Processing (tuMP) real-time operating system (RTOS).
Mercury Mission Systems vice-president and general manager Ike Song said: “The combination of Green Hills’ operating system innovation with Mercury’s hardware innovation delivers affordable and unparalleled technology leadership to the army aviation community.”
This supports several safety and security-critical applications within the ROCK-2’s multicore operating environment in a predictable, bounded, and application-independent manner.
The INTEGRITY-178 tuMP partition-enforcing scheduling mechanism offers a unified RTOS that allows for practical time variant scheduling of both asymmetric and symmetric multiprocessing applications simultaneously.
Green Hills Software founder and chief executive officer Dan O’Dowd said: “Together, INTEGRITY-178 tuMP, the BuiltSAFE-GS OpenGL graphics libraries and the SwaP-optimised ROCK-2 computer subsystem provide optimal core utilisation and multicore throughput without jeopardising safety and security certification requirements.”
The company demonstrated support for Harris’ FACE V2.1-conformant FliteScene digital moving map and INTEGRITY-178 tuMP on its ROCK-2 computer at the recently concluded Army Aviation Mission Solutions Summit.