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Real-time Linux vendor to resell enterprise distro

Nov 29, 2007 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Real-time Linux system vendor Concurrent will resell Novell's SUSE Linux OS, it says. Concurrent's real-time multi-core x86 technology has long been used in Novell's “SLERT” offering (SUSE Linux Enterprise Real Time 10), and now Concurrent plans to resell SLERT, along with graphical real-time application development tools optimized for the distribution.

Concurrent is best known for supplying Linux-based workstations and servers to government, military, and financial services markets. It has long used its own Red Hawk version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), enhanced with technology similar to that which has been applied to SLERT. As with Red Hawk, the company will likely resell SLERT pre-installed on multicore x86 workstations and servers targeting enterprise and mil/aero applications.

Released this week, SLERT version 10 offers reduced system latency or delay and improved predictability compared to earlier releases, says Concurrent. SLERT is sold in two versions, one of which uses a real-time enhanced open source kernel, while the other leans on Concurrent's shielded processor technology.

Concurrent's NightStar's tracing tool
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Additionally, Concurrent will offer versions of its graphical NightStar development tools (screenshot above) optimized for use with SLERT, it says. The tools aim to simplify the development of time-critical, multi-threaded Linux applications, enabling developers to debug, monitor, schedule, analyze, and tune applications in real-time with minimal intrusion.

SLERT is said to be finding customers in the financial services sector for real-time trading systems, according to Concurrent.


SLERT 10 appears to be available now from either Novell or Concurrent, with a choice of Novell or Concurrent kernels. Pricing information was unavailable.

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