Free cloud-connected OS: Wind River to boost IoT progress

November 06, 2015 // By Graham Prophet
Wind River has added to its offerings a comprehensive cloud suite, Wind River Helix Cloud, and free cloud-connected multi-architecture operating systems, Wind River Rocket and Wind River Pulsar Linux. WR says it is growing its presence in the cloud, and extending the scope of its OS at the “edge”, beyond devices and gateways, to microcontrollers (MCUs).

“These key additions to our edge-to-cloud portfolio provide ...[a] differentiated set of products that scale from experimentation to development to full commercial deployment,” said Barry Mainz, president of Wind River. “From makers to commercial developers, this new offering opens IoT application and device development to a wide range of individuals who want to participate in the IoT opportunity, and provides a foundational toolkit to greatly simplify and accelerate the development of IoT technologies across industries.”

Wind River Helix Cloud is a family of software-as-a-service (SaaS) products providing anytime, anywhere access to development tools, virtual labs, and deployed devices. It simplifies and automates how developers build and manage their IoT technologies throughout their entire lifecycle—from design and testing to deployment and decommissioning.

Helix Cloud SaaS products now available include:

• Wind River Helix App Cloud is a cloud-based development environment for building IoT applications.

• Wind River Helix Lab Cloud is a cloud-based virtual hardware lab for simulating and testing IoT devices and complex systems.

• Wind River Helix Device Cloud is a cloud-based platform for managing deployed IoT devices and their data.

A critical component of simplifying edge-to-cloud development is having an OS that can support connectivity and communications between the device and the cloud. Based on Wind River commercially proven OS technology and expertise, the following free cloud-connected operating systems are now available:

• Wind River Rocket is a tiny-footprint commercial-grade quality real-time operating system that is directly connected to Wind River Helix Cloud. It offers multi-architecture support, and is designed for applications running on 32-bit MCUs such as those used in small-footprint sensor hubs, wearables, and devices comprising the IoT edge.

• Wind River Pulsar Linux is a small-footprint commercial-grade quality binary Linux OS based on the Wind River Linux distribution that is directly connected to Wind River Helix Cloud. It offers multi-architecture support, and is designed to run on applications scaling from 32-bit MCUs to 64-bit CPUs.