Intel® Safety Critical Project for Linux* OS
"The Intel® Safety Critical Project for Linux* OS works to address the key gaps facing developers of future safety-critical systems, such as scalability to large multi-core systems, safe updates with the latest security fixes, and reusability. The project will provide a maintained source baseline for key Linux* operating system components, along with recommended tools and processes for delivering updates, and highly reusable safety documentation. This will help the community accelerate development of safety-critical systems."
What is the Intel® Safety Critical Project for Linux* OS?
Building on the work pioneered in the SIL2LinuxMP project, Intel is announcing the formation of the Intel® Safety Critical Project for Linux* OS.
This safety critical Linux project is an open source project that will combine the best of the Linux ecosystem under the innovative development practices of the Clear Linux* OS for Intel Architecture®. The project contains in-depth hardware knowledge and the accompanying library of safety evidence and analysis providing the core building blocks required to assemble and maintain qualification-ready, functionally safe, systems.
The goal of the project is to accelerate development, and reduce generation-to-generation safety requalification effort while taking advantage of the latest safety and security fixes. With manufacturers of autonomous and safety critical systems moving towards consolidated multicore solutions, they are able to realize the cost savings of workload consolidation.
Fundamentally this safety critical Linux project is not about changing Linux. On the contrary, the goal is to provide evidence supporting that Linux as it exists can be used in a safety critical context, and to make Linux itself better along the way.
That evidence will rely heavily on testing to standards - for example, the Single UNIX Specification, Version 4 and POSIX IEEE Standard 1003.1-2008, 2016 Edition.
If you're ready to join us in moving the industry forward with this important new project, here’s how to get involved and how to contribute to this project:
- Write and Contribute Tests!
- Functional and conformance testing will center on the open-source Linux Test Project. Writing and contributing functional and spec conformance tests to LTP helps everyone.
- Contact Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Functional and conformance testing will center on the open-source writing and contributing functional and spec conformance tests to LTP helps everyone.
A Letter to the Industry
Over the last several months, I have talked with many people in the industry and at Intel about a huge need we are seeing. When autonomous robots begin to work alongside people in factories, safety is critical. When cars begin to drive on our streets or drones fly without a human, safety becomes paramount. Today manufacturers are talking about building use-specific operating systems from the ground up that meet a targeted safety need. That kind of solution is expensive and not sustainable. Instead, I believe we need a Linux* OS distribution that can be used in safety-compliant solutions.
At Intel, we have started to tackle this important challenge and are excited about the possibilities. We are developing an open source project to help address this need: the Intel® Safety Critical Project for Linux* OS. This project will help manufacturers of autonomous and safety critical systems move from a system built using sometimes thousands of microcontrollers and other electronic control units, to one that takes advantage of the power, performance, and safety of a multicore solution.