July 31, 2019
Time-Sensitive Networking (TSN) is an emerging Ethernet standard being developed for industrial control—and some tout it as the ultimate network solution. Others take a more measured approach.
February 28, 2019
Boost support is included in the INtime 6.3 Update 19040.1 release. Boost provides an extensive list of highlhy regarded and expertly designed C++ libraries for a wide range of applications.
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November 21, 2018
TenAsys, with a long-standing commitment to servicing real-time Ethernet needs, is continuing our partnership with ISW for the investigation of ideal INtime services for TSN. These services map into OPC-UA needs and capabilities for the purposes of the critical, real-time Ethernet requirements to actively take full advantage of TSN enabled networks.
November 21, 2018
This is a particularly exciting time for industrial automation for the significance of the coming of TSN being the motivation for the OPC Foundation to actively drive their standardization for OPC-UA over time-critical networks. With their shift into real-time ethernet, this solidifies OPC-UA’s traffic as a de facto real-time ethernet technology. Having formalized our membership with the OPC Foundation earlier this year, this relationship will extend our commitment to delivering its valuable real-time services and technology through our INtime RTOS software platform.
February 19, 2018
The rapid growth in the popularity of OPC UA in combination of the return of the stand alone, INtime Distributed RTOS platform is now ready to deliver IIoT ready software platforms. The OPC Foundation has been steadily building consensus with top industry suppliers with OPC UA standards for sharing data and imparting supervisory control across a network of heterogenous workloads. By staying aligned to standards, the OPC UA initiatives, including the adoption of TSN, brings the needed priority mechanisms to keep hard real-time protocols from being adversely affected by merging IT and OT streams on a consolidated network.
February 19, 2018
TenAsys has maintained the best tools and technology to adapt standard PC and Ethernet devices in realizing high performance protocols for use in complex motion and industrial applications. The Institute for Control Engineering of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Units (ISW) of Stuttgart has used INtime for Windows as the base platform for the study and development of TSN for automation. Their TSN for Automation industry workgroup has prototyped numerous subsets of the overall TSN initiative which demonstrate the ability of a tightly managed IT network of TSN enabled switches effortlessly pass mission critical prioritized streams even when the network is driven to saturated levels of utilization.
February 19, 2018
COPA-DATA, koenig-pa GmbH (KPA) and TenAsys® Corporation have joined their expertise to provide a complete Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) Reference Platform for customers who wish to develop high-performance EtherCAT® and motion controllers while making use of PLCopen function blocks for motion programming.
January 12, 2018
Because of the announcement of the Meltdown and Spectre security exploits by Google Project Zero, TenAsys has analyzed its products to determine what changes might be required to the products, and what effect the Microsoft Windows security patches have on the INtime for Windows and eVM for Windows products.
TenAsys determined that no update to its real-time kernel and software is required. This applies to the current releases as well as previous versions of the product.
According to Microsoft, the patches were expected to influence the performance of Windows because of increased system call times and other factors. TenAsys has performed validation and measurement of the patch to determine the effects on TenAsys products.
Installation of the patch does not affect the operation of TenAsys products on Windows in any major way. Measurements show a decrease in performance of TenAsys Windows services in line with expectations set by Microsoft.
Introducing INtime support for Intel® VTune™ Amplifier
Using virtualization to consolidate various types of functions on multicore platforms is becoming increasingly popular. When evaluating virtualization approaches, however, the desire to employ the newest technologies needs to be traded off with the value of preserving elements of legacy applications.
Modern multicore processors use special operating systems called hypervisors that simplify the task of writing software that may run on multiple computing machines. Here are the basics of this “virtualization” that apply when creating programs for machine control.
Embedded virtualization is the key to unlocking the benefits of PCs as multifunction computing platforms, while preserving determinism for real-time and I/O-intensive functions.
By combining processing workloads and taking advantage of the standard PC platform architecture and embedded virtualization, CNC software allows operators to create programs, consider the status of the controlled machine and real tool size, improve the machining by making small or large changes in trajectory or processing parameters, and immediately check the result.
The PC architecture is emerging as a leading computing platform for integrating all computing elements of a typical factory workcell. However, fulfilling this role effectively requires special operating software.