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

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-C-0139
Agency Tracking Number: O072-I10-4017
Amount: $743,052.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2009
Solitcitation Year: 2007
Solitcitation Topic Code: OSD07-I10
Solitcitation Number: 2007.2
Small Business Information
Adventium Enterprises, LLC
111 Third Ave. S., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN, 55401
Duns: 165988937
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Todd Carpenter
 Member of Technical Staff
 (651) 295-7126
 todd.carpenter@adventiumenterprises
Business Contact
 Kyle Nelson
Title: Director of Sponsored Res
Phone: (612) 280-9843
Email: kyle.nelson@adventiumenterprises.co
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
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.

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