Demonstration of an Embedded Capability-Based Operating System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-06-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0162
Amount: $98,876.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
2533 N Carson St Ste 5494, Carson City, NV, 89706
DUNS: 360986264
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Charles Landau
 Senior Scientist
 (530) 292-3105
Business Contact
 James Richards
Title: President
Phone: (775) 841-2814
Research Institution
We propose to study the feasibility of demonstrating a capability-based operating system running a home control application on an embedded processing platform. Capability-based systems have documented advantages in security and reliability, but no commercial system is available for an embedded processor. Some embedded processors raise issues such as cache coherency that present challenges for a capability-based system where flexible sharing is the norm. By porting an existing code base, we expect to quickly develop a system to study. The demonstration will include software for a home automation system which will monitor the home, control lighting, audio/video, HVAC, security, and other systems, and manage resources. This application will demonstrate the robustness of the system, its performance parameters, its ability to interface to a variety of sensors and actuators, its ability to reliably and securely integrate software from many different sources, and its ability to communicate with users of various levels of trust. These characteristics are all of value in military and other commercial applications. The feasibility study will focus on performance and manageability of the system, both being areas in which questions remain about capability-based systems.

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