Embedded Capability-Based Operating Systems

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W31P4Q-07-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: 05SB2-0158
Amount: $750,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: SB052-011
Solicitation Number: 2005.2
Small Business Information
200 Finn Court, Farmingdale, NY, 11735
DUNS: 181423752
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Godfrey Vassallo
 Chief Technology Officer
 (631) 424-3935
Business Contact
 Godfrey Vassallo
Title: Chief Technology Officer
Phone: (631) 424-3935
Email: gvassallo@afcosystems.com
Research Institution
Embedded systems are commonly deployed in applications where reliability is critical to operations. More recently the interest in sensor networks has added a requirement for remote access, often over openly accessible or penetrable networks. This creates a need for a defensible embedded platform whose robustness is preserved in the face of external influences ranging from nuisance disruption to active compromise. The most appropriate software architecture for applications of this form is a system of software components, each of which communicates with other components through narrow, enforced interface boundaries using protocols that limit interactions. Capability-based systems were specifically conceived to support this type of system structure. AFCO Systems Development (ASD) will demonstrate that a capability-based operating system can be ported to an embedded system, and will deliver an exemplar critical commercial application using this platform. The Coyotos operating system, a successor to the EROS system cited in the solicitation has been selected for its combination of accumulated expertise and application flexibility. The team assembled to accomplish this effort has successfully completed a Phase I feasibility, and has subsequently been augmented to establish technical critical mass. The team is uniquely qualified to complete the Phase II effort because of its intimate knowledge of Coyotos and extended experience in designing embedded systems.

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