Windows is quickly becoming the preferred platform for building highly intelligent automated systems, but specialization in a machine’s architecture sometimes requires that elements of a real-time system be distributed, physically, from the center of logical operation.
An INtime remote node, known as a “RT Node” is a configuration of the INtime product, where an instance of the INtime kernel runs on a computer that is physically separate from the Windows workstation.
The INtime RT Node configuration was designed for embedded, real-time applications. It gives developers all the advantages of the INtime software, along with the ability to scale and distribute real-time applications. Despite running on separate hardware from Windows, the same API is used to allow Windows applications to communicate with their real time counterparts.
INtime RT Nodes allow developers to implement real-time systems with distributed processing more quickly and inexpensively by leveraging the standard Windows development environment. They also provide scalability and flexibility from a single-processor, Windows-based real-time system to a Windows-centric network of real-time nodes.
With INtime remote nodes, you maintain central control of a system from within a single Windows application while simultaneously allowing for multiple, physically distinct, real-time nodes that are logically controlled by the Windows application. These remote nodes can by networked to the Windows console without losing the tight connection afforded by INtime between hard real-time tasks and non-real-time GUI tasks.
INtime software supports extending the Windows-to-INtime connection (NTX) across Ethernet or RS-232. Applications can be easily scaled to operate on a single CPU or multiple CPUs with no coding changes.
INtime remote nodes includes a local file system for loading applications, so the real-time applications are not dependent on Windows. The initial load can be from a local file system, or applications can be loaded from Windows or a network.
INtime remote nodes can be run independently without any, or with only occasional Windows interaction.