DornerWorks recently participated in a very successful Navy Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Opportunity Forum (The Forum), held in Crystal City, VA, June2- 4, 2014. The Navy’s TAP helps small businesses define and market the technology developed through the Small Business and Innovative Research (SBIR) grant program for Department of Defense (DoD) and commercial markets. The Forum is the opportunity for the small business to showcase their technology by delivering a presentation and having an exhibit booth.
This event gave DornerWorks a front row seat to high level decision makers in the US Navy and large businesses. Attending The Forum was the culmination of our work with the TAP as part of our Navy Phase II SBIR contract on our hypervisor called ARINC 653 Real-time Linux on Xen (ARLX). Dr. Steve VanderLeest, the principal investigator on the SBIR, and Paul Skentzos presented the research and results of the project to key industry players and US Navy managers. We engaged a number of audience members with questions concerning certification of safety and security of ARLX. The theme for the presentation of ARLX was:
- ARLX reduces size, weight, power, and cost by integrating software on one computing platform.
- ARLX prevents one application from “hacking” into another application when they are running on the same computing platform.
- ARLX reduces faults due to software bugs from propagating to other applications.
- ARLX allows for rapid deployment of new capabilities during integration since the hypervisor prevents unexpected interference between applications.
- ARLX combines software and security in one product without giving up performance.
DornerWorks was one of many Navy SBIR recipients who were given an exhibit booth. The DornerWorks team demonstrated ARLX running on a PC and passed out literature that described ARLX and the safety critical embedded services surrounding the support of ARLX and other safety critical embedded markets. Since the focus of The Forum was to show the broader Navy and interested industry partners the results of the Navy SBIR funding, customers coming to the DornerWorks booth had a clear agenda, looking at how ARLX and our services could solve or improve upon a current technological problem in the Navy.
All SBIR awarded businesses were allowed to request three one-on-one (1-1) meetings with various representatives from the US Navy. Strategic Introduction (SI) meetings were also available from members of industries, but they were only given upon request of the industry representative. Because of the low cost of ownership, the certification artifacts, and the technological problem that ARLX and our services solved, we found that our schedule was filled with SI meetings and all but one of the 1-1 meetings was removed to make room for the SI conversations. The DornerWorks team had interest from Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, GE Aviation, NAVAIR, the Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Office of Naval Research.
The 2014 Navy TAP Opportunity Forum was a great success for DornerWorks. We presented our work on ARLX and were able to talk about our safety critical services to a wider, more focused group. Because of the Navy TAP Opportunity Forum, we have high potential to evolve ARLX on programs of record and opportunities for exciting work in areas such as combat ship systems, military aircraft including UAVs, safety critical embedded systems, and cybersecurity systems.
More About ARLX
ARINC 653 Real-time Linux on Xen (ARLX) is a high-performance, safe, and secure hypervisor that allows multiple operating systems to run on a single computing platform. ARLX is open source and runs on the x86 and ARM platforms. ARLX also has no runtime fees – making it attractive to the military aviation and ground vehicle markets, as well as commercial markets such as medical and automotive. Certification artifacts are available for DO-178 inspection and formal analysis for information assurance. ARLX’s open standards based design allows for easy adaptation to platforms that require safety and security from cyber threats and software of uncertain quality.
About Genesys Ideation®
Genesys Ideation® is a product development company headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan. We are a wholly owned subsidiary of DornerWorks. The same engineers who work in DornerWorks’ award winning embedded services organization share their time with Genesys Ideation®.
At Genesys Ideation®, we use the skills and experiences we’ve gained working on products for other companies and apply the same quality disciplined approach to developing new products and ideas. We create products that solve our problems and our customer’s.
From video hardware to embedded hypervisors, we focus our design and engineering of products that make good economic and engineering sense. You won’t find products described with the latest buzzwords or consumer focused products. Our products serve safety critical markets and hardware that move on our nation’s highways, airways, and anywhere else where your safety is critical.
Our team is customer focused and product driven. Our proven process driven engineering results in products that give you the confidence that safety and security have been built in from the ground up.
For more information, visit http://genesysideation.com
DornerWorks is a premier electronic and software engineering firm specializing in the design of safety-critical systems for the medical, aerospace, automotive, and industrial markets. The company focuses on custom development of electronics hardware (printed circuit boards and FPGA computer chips) and embedded software such as device drivers and operating system interfaces. Founded in 2000 by David K. Dorner, DornerWorks has grown into one of the most sought after embedded engineering firms in the country. With an impressive staff of over 50 that includes PhD’s, patent holders, multi-degreed engineers, and a Six Sigma Black Belt, DornerWorks has the talent and experience to tackle the most demanding projects. DornerWorks is an ISO 13485, AS9100 and ISO 9001 certified company. For more information, visit http://www.dornerworks.com.