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Wind River claims CGL 4.0 compliance

Feb 7, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 2 views

Wind River says it is the first commercial vendor to meet the Linux Foundation's Carrier Grade Linux (CGL) 4.0 requirements. Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition 2.0 is said to have met all 135 priority-one mandatory requirements outlined by the specification.

(Click for larger view of Wind River's new Linux division head Vincent Rerolle)

Wind River's claim is confirmed on the Linux Foundation (LF) registration page for CGL 4.0. The vendors that have registered for CGL 3.2 are MontaVista, AsiaNux, Performance Technologies, and FSMLabs, from which Wind River acquired hard real-time kernel technology about a year ago.

According to Wind River, CGL is the standard choice for network equipment based on Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture (ATCA). CGL 4.0 defines about 250 individual requirements divided into seven categories: availability, clustering, serviceability, performance, standards, hardware, and security. Each category is separated into mandatory, desired, and roadmap priority levels.

Stated Wind River SVP/GM Vincent Rerolle (pictured above), who heads up the company's new Linux product division, “Leading Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) are developing projects now or have already deployed on Wind River Carrier Grade Linux. Our networking customers appreciate the benefits of a stable and mature Carrier Grade Linux solution enabling them to accelerate their project's time-to-market, reduce development costs and improve vendor interoperability.”

In November, CGL working group chairman Dan Cauchy admitted that the group had lost some momentum during the OSDL/LF merger in early 2007, but he said the group had recently become rejuvenated. Wind River's self-registered compliance with the 4.0 spec (there is no formal certification process) appears to validate that assertion, and also seems likely to spur others into registering support for the rigorous standard.

Stated Jim Zemlin, LF's Executive Director, “Carrier Grade Linux is an important category for the Linux community, not only for networking but for other industries requiring carrier grade functionality. By being the first Linux distribution to register as CGL 4.0 compliant, Wind River has taken seriously the importance of providing a Linux solution of this caliber.”

The announcement is also likely to please the Scope Alliance, a networking industry group that is pushing a Linux Profile based on CGL 4.0. According to Wind River, its Platform for Network Equipment also meets the mandatory requirements of the Scope Alliance Linux Profile.

Stated Paul Steinberg, Chairman of the Scope Alliance, “The Scope Alliance is very happy that registration of Carrier Grade Linux for CGL 4.0 compliant distributions is starting.”

Additional information on Wind River Platform for Network Equipment, Linux Edition and its CGL 4.0 registration can be found here.

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