Support for the Robot Operating System framework

3rd May 2019
Posted By : Alex Lynn
Support for the Robot Operating System framework

Specialist in embedded safety and security, Green Hills Software, has announced the availability of a suite of products for developers working on ROS applications. Green Hills Software enables ROS developers on Linux to rapidly develop and deploy their projects to Green Hills INTEGRITY RTOS to meet the strict functional safety requirements that many ROS programs require.

The INTEGRITY RTOS is used extensively by automotive Tier 1s and OEMs, as well as various companies in the factory automation and robotics markets. Adding support for ROS is part of Green Hills Software’s ongoing commitment to providing the technology needed by industrial robot and autonomous vehicle manufacturers to rapidly deploy advanced and scalable software solutions certified to the highest levels of industrial and automotive safety.

The Green Hills Software INTEGRITY RTOS and Multivisor virtualisation provide ROS developers with a comprehensive, scalable solution for deploying software to meet functional safety standards including IEC 61508 SIL 4 and ISO 26262 ASIL D requirements.

Application developers now have access to a scalable and flexible set of development paradigms that enable developers to start application development on their Linux-based computers, while continuously integrating software with actual embedded hardware in a hardware-in-the-loop configuration until all software is successfully integrated into the embedded platform.

The Multivisor virtualisation software gives developers the option of running unmodified ROS applications in a virtualised Linux environment, either for transitionary purposes during development or non-safety-critical deployment. Portions or all of a developer’s ROS applications can be migrated to the safety-certified INTEGRITY RTOS as needed. 

The MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) provides an advanced ISO 26262 ASIL D and IEC 61508 SIL 4 certified development environment upon which to build reliable and safe ROS applications. ROS developers can develop applications, even with hardware-in-the-loop, utilising a single unified debug environment that is fully aware of both the underlying INTEGRITY or Linux operating systems and capable of simultaneously debugging both.

MULTI provides ROS developers with a painless pathway to quickly transition ROS objects to actual hardware, and rapidly reduce the time they need to deploy production-grade software.

The Green Hills Software solution is designed to be ROS framework vendor independent, allowing customers to leverage Green Hills Software’s technology regardless of which ROS application framework they are working with.


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