Building and deploying innovative mission-critical software systems while controlling lifetime costs requires a platform that is open and adaptable. For defense systems, it also requires a foundation that is certifiably secure and safe. Can a software platform accomplish these goals together?
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LYNX MOSA.ic was designed for the modernization of avionic and mission critical software platforms, providing open flexibility on a robust foundation to meet the program needs of rich system functionality deployed in high threat safety critical environments. The intent is in the name: a Modular Open Systems Architecture Integration Center (MOSA.ic).
LYNX MOSA.ic is not an RTOS, nor is it a traditional hypervisor. It is a complete software development and integration kit founded on a tiny separation kernel, with unique tools for leveraging the hardware virtualization capabilities of modern multi-core processors. Designed to enable system developers to build systems compositionally—using open standards and relying heavily on the reuse of well-tested and certified components—LYNX MOSA.ic speeds development, provides finer-grained hardware control, and lowers lifetime costs.
Multicore processors are becoming more popular to reduce size, cost, and power of platforms. There are numerous challenges in building safe systems on multicore processors, including that they exhibit non-deterministic memory access delays when competing for shared resources. When multiple applications stacks run in parallel on multicore processors, interference occurs. Lynx has partnered with Intel to address hardware interference. Some of our work with Intel, focused on the Intel’s Denverton processor, is addressed in a Intel Solution Brief here as well as a recent webinar (a slide from which is shown below)
Lynx is committed to delivering software to support a diverse range of Intel’s future processors including ElkHart Lake and Intel’s 11th generation Core processor, Tiger Lake. What this means for Leonardo is that you can reuse proven application software on platforms that incorporate the latest and greatest Intel processors in a timely and cost effective way, improving your time to market and drastically reducing both development and system certification costs.
A DO-178B/C Reusable Software Component (RSC) is a software collection that is recognized as meeting the requirements of RTCA/DO-178B/C and that may be used on more than one project without having to regenerate certification artifacts.
The FAA grants RSC acceptance as part of a normal certification process, provided that the applicant complies with the guidance policy defined in FAA Advisory Circular AC 20-148. The acceptance allows future users of the DO-178B/C RSC to deploy the software without the added cost and risk of re-certification. This applies to components such as operating systems and networking protocols, that can then be reused (in unadulterated form) across hardware platforms.
Across a range of avionics’ platforms, the push to reduce power, cost and footprint of electronics makes the use of multicore processors for consolidating real-time and general purpose system functionality. This is causing major headaches for system architects, cybersecurity experts and software engineers for several reasons;
1. Guaranteeing real-time behavior, as outlined in this WHITE PAPER
2. Maintaining system reliability, isolating hardware resources to avoid malicious or unintentional conflicts between applications
3. System health monitoring for early detection and correction of errant system behavior. While many of Northrop’s systems are somewhat closed, we see a shift to more connected systems using public and private cloud technologies which bring benefits and challenges.
At Lynx, we have a thirty year track record of delivering software that addresses these challenges. We remain fiercely proud to SUPPORT THE US MILITARY and its partners. The new enhancements include:
1. While our primary focus remains the delivery of SOFTWARE FOR AVIONICS platforms, we are expanding into adjacent applications like drones and satellites, building up specific crypto applications for delivering information securely across public networks
2. System health monitoring - as our software resides right on top of the hardware, we are able to flag abnormal system behavior to analytics packages, ensuring errors are trapped and not propagated
3. For a list of our certifications and select notable deployed systems running on Lynx software, please see this PDF DOCUMENT. (Also information below)
LYNX MOSA.ic uniquely leverages virtualization-enabled multicore processors to simplify software stack complexity and unlock rapid development and integration options (READ PDF).
Helpful articles and blog posts in the LEARNING CENTER include:
Lynx has a proud history of platform deployment and continued support for a number of advanced military systems active today across the US Air Force, Navy, Army, and various Allied militaries. See below a selection of deployed systems relying on Lynx.
Who are Lynx's top competitors? What are "Independent Application Modules" in LYNX MOSA.ic? Does Lynx Secure ensure software partitioning? Answers to these questions and more can be found in the FAQ section of our Resource Center.