Multicore Realtime extension for Windows
Build deterministic real-time applications using the KUKA/acontis multi-core real-time platform. First introduced in 1995 on Windows 95 this reliable and proven software was continously further developed until today for Windows 10 64-Bit. Multiple CPU cores can be used for the real-time part (SMP: Symmetric Multiprocessing)!
More and more applications, especially in the Industrial Automation, Medical and Data Acquisition and Measurement Market require deterministic real-time behavior.
There are several different technical approaches how to extend the Windows operating system to accomplish these requirements.
- simple real-time extensions based on a Windows Kernel Mode Driver. Disadvantages: proprietary development environment, uncommon debug environment, proprietary and restricted API, small amount of users
- proprietary real-time extensions with Win32 API. Disadvantages: proprietary development environment, uncommon debug environment, restricted Win32 API, small amount of users
- real-time extensions based on operating systems that are only used in conjunction with Windows real-time extensions. Disadvantages: proprietary development environment, uncommon debug environment, proprietary API, small amount of users
- real-time extensions based on standard COTS Win32 based operating systems (e.g. CeWin, RTOS32Win)
Benefits when using a standard industrial real-time operating system as a Windows real-time extension:
- Deterministic hard real-time behavior and full independence from Windows
- Optimized utilization of multi core systems (scalable from one to multiple CPU cores for the real-time part)
- Rich amount of drivers, e.g. for fieldbuses (Profinet, EtherCAT, CAN), TCP/IP, USB, ...
- Rich and Win32 compatible API
- Support of the Microsoft Development Tools
- Very comfortable Debugging environment for the real-time part using the Microsoft tools
- Field proven operating system, used in many embedded real-time applications
Virtualisation and Realtime Hypervisor
Real-time virtualization for Windows based on the RTOS Virtual Machine Realtime Hypervisor. Support for 32-Bit as well as for 64-Bit guests. Multiple CPU cores can be used for Windows or Linux!