The newly released Version 4.0.03 of the RTS Hypervisor, facilitating deployment of multiple independent operating systems (OS) on a single Intel x86 based computer, now provides the possibility to run 64-Bit Operating Systems completely unmodified in parallel to other operating systems like an RTOS. The new version of the Hypervisor now includes support for all current Versions of Microsoft® Windows™ including Windows 8.
Gerd Lammers, CEO of Real-Time Systems explains: “Many of our customers these days source their PCs with a pre-installed 64-Bit operating system or they wish to use more than 4GB of memory directly. One of our strengths is that we are not tied to any particular operating system vendor and that we can offer an OS agnostic product. With this new version of our product, customers may now freely choose which operating systems they wish to use.”
By partitioning processor cores, memory and I/O devices into individual, virtually independent computers, the RTS Hypervisor facilitates hardware consolidation and helps to drastically reduce overall system cost without tradeoffs. Medical devices or machines that currently use an embedded hardware board in parallel to a computer executing e.g. Microsoft Windows can now safely be merged into a single Intel multi-core hardware, greatly reducing design-, manufacturing- and maintenance costs. Other combinations of executing multiple of the same or different operating systems are simply a matter of available CPU cores. Executing three instances of the same RTOS in parallel to Microsoft™ Windows® on a Quad-Core processor is just one of the many possibilities the RTS Hypervisor offers.
Due to strict separation of the hardware partitions, individual operating systems can boot independently in a user defined order. Even rebooting an operating system while others keep running is possible with the RTS Hypervisor. For easy communication between operating systems, shared memory as well as an Event System and a TCP/IP virtual network are available.
Out of the box, the RTS Hypervisor currently supports all major operating systems used on x86 and all current Intel x86 platform, ranging from small Atom based board to high-end server boards.