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Mixed Criticality, Assured, Real-Time (MiCART) VMM

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Department of Defense
Office of the Secretary of Defense
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2009 / SBIR
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Adventium Enterprises, LLC
111 Third Ave. S., Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN -
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Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2009
Title: Mixed Criticality, Assured, Real-Time (MiCART) VMM
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Contract: N00014-10-C-0139
Award Amount: $743,052.00


Without strong temporal and spatial separation guarantees provided by the underlying system, integrated mixed critical applications require verification and validation of all their hosted applications at the highest level of criticality. Since the early 1990s, time and space partitioning in commercial avionics has drastically reduced the certification burden on the lower-criticality applications. These systems, however, do not inherently support safe and secure operations in the presence of intentional and malicious threats. Furthermore, these custom real-time operating systems constrain application architecture options, so non-real-time applications pay a development and run-time penalty to operate in these environments. This effort will develop a Mixed Criticality, Assured, Real-Time (MiCART) hypervisor or virtual machine monitor (VMM) to enable the above integration benefits across more application domains than supported by current systems, while reducing the corresponding development, rehosting, verification and validation, and certification costs. By executing applications in MiCART guest partitions, they will be able to run in their current host environments, minimizing changes needed, with MiCART providing the necessary time and space partitioning among mixed criticality, multi-domain environments. In addition to real-time requirements, MiCART will support fault-tolerance, including fault detection, isolation, mitigation, and recovery.

Principal Investigator:

Todd Carpenter
Member of Technical Staff

Business Contact:

Kyle Nelson
Director of Sponsored Res
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111 Third Ave. S., Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55401

EIN/Tax ID: 113736871
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No