LynuxWorks, RTI Focus on Navy Open Architecture Computing Environment

2/26/2004 - LynuxWorksTM Inc. and RTITM announced their partnership to deliver RTI's NDDS® open-standards middleware to LynuxWorks' LynxOS® embedded real-time operating system (RTOS). Together, LynuxWorks and RTI's standards-based solution will support the Navy Open Architecture Computing Environment (OACE) which is aimed at improving war-fighting capability by implementing international standards and creating common applications and services in military platforms.

NDDS is RTI's real-time publish-subscribe product based on the DDS standard, the new publish-subscribe standard for real-time networking. The Object Management Group (OMG), the same vendor-neutral organization responsible for CORBA, created DDS to provide a common application-level interface to facilitate the efficient distribution of data in a distributed system. NDDS is currently powering the Ship Wide Area Network (SWAN) for integrating shipboard electronic systems in the new LPD 17 class of Navy warships.

With NDDS, developers utilizing LynuxWorks' LynxOS hard real-time operating system gain a cost-effective, off-the-shelf standards-based solution for effective and quick communication between processors in an embedded system. By replacing proprietary middleware code, NDDS delivers field-proven system reliability and standards-based portability.

For more than 15 years, LynuxWorks has supported numerous military and government customers in developing their mission-critical defense systems. LynuxWorks is currently working with the Navy OACE to help them achieve cost-savings and standardization in a variety of devices and vehicles to ensure security and reliability. The OACE stipulates that all future software development will be tested to OACE standards. Furthermore, the Navy will not accept software that does not conform to these standards. By ensuring that all future software development upholds to open standards, future upgrades to software and hardware can be made seamlessly, vastly improving interoperability and significantly reducing costs.

"LynxOS combined with NDDS provides a powerful formula for Navy OACE customers looking for a reliable standards-based solution for both their inter-processor communication and operating system needs," said Bob Morris, vice president of sales and marketing for LynuxWorks. "LynuxWorks has a rich heritage in providing open-standards interfaces, having supported a full POSIX process model since we were formed in 1988. Our flagship product, LynxOS, has been certified IEEE POSIX .1 conformant and Navy OACE Category 3 compliant and has been deployed in literally hundreds of military applications. Navy contractors looking for a stable Navy OACE conformant RTOS can confidently choose LynuxWorks."

"Middleware is a core enabler of the Navy OACE," said Brett Murphy, vice president of distributed systems at RTI. "The Navy OACE specifically lists RTI's NDDS middleware for publish-subscribe communications. NSWC Dahlgren's use of NDDS in the HiPer-D testbed, Raytheon's deployment of NDDS on the LPD ships, our many other Navy program wins, and RTI's leadership of the DDS standard all factored into NDDS's listing in the OACE. Applications that wish to be Navy OACE Category 3 compliant can use NDDS."

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks ( is a world leader in the embedded software market, providing operating systems, software development products and consulting services for the world's most successful communications, aerospace/defense, and consumer products companies. Established in 1988, the company is a technology leader in the real-time operating systems (RTOS) industry, and a founding member of the Embedded Linux Consortium (ELC). LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Josť, California.

About RTI
RTI (Real-Time Innovations, provides software tools, middleware, and professional services for distributed real-time systems and embedded applications. For over 10 years, with more than 10,000 seats in use, the ScopeTools product line has been helping embedded system developers produce higher quality, more reliable solutions. The NDDS middleware and tools provide seamless communications and comprehensive tools for distributed, real-time system builders. Our customers span the embedded software industry from aerospace and defense, through networking and communications, to industrial automation and consumer electronics.

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS and BlueCat are registered trademarks of LynuxWorks, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. RTI, Real-Time Innovations, ScopeTools and NDDS are registered trademarks or trademarks of Real-Time Innovations, Inc.

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