Demonstration of an Embedded Capability-Based Operating System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Amount:
$98,876.00
Award Year:
2005
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W31P4Q-06-C-0040
Agency Tracking Number:
05SB2-0162
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
STRAWBERRY DEVELOPMENT GROUP
2533 N Carson St Ste 5494, Carson City, NV, 89706
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
360986264
Principal Investigator:
Charles Landau
Senior Scientist
(530) 292-3105
clandau@macslab.com
Business Contact:
James Richards
President
(775) 841-2814
jrichards@macslab.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
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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