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Designing A Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Hypervisor for Safety and Security

Designing A Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Hypervisor for Safety and Security

A partitioning environment is one of the components of an avionics architecture aligned with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE). In this paper, we explore the design of a hypervisor to provide the partitioning specified in the FACE Technical Standard.

The FACE Consortium is focused on military aviation software, with a dual emphasis on technical standards and business acquisition strategies.

In this paper, we provide an overview of the history and purpose of FACE, then briefly examine previous open avionics initiatives. We discuss the current state of the project, examining technical and business aspects of open source software. We conclude with a roadmap for our hypervisor technology to reach conformance with the FACE Technical Standard and eventually achieve flight and security certification.

Topics covered in this paper:

  • Future Airborne Capability Environment
  • ARINC 653 partitioning
  • Open avionics
  • POSIX
  • And more…

 
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Contributing Authors

Steve VanderLeestSteve VanderLeest
Steve is DornerWorks former COO, a multi-talented technical expert and entrepreneur with proven expertise in engineering design and processes. Steve has experience in both industry and academia, having been a professor of engineering at Calvin College for many years. He has published dozens of papers on a variety of technology-related topics.