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Open Kernel Labs Joins EEMBC Hypervisor Workgroup

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced that Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a supplier of secure embedded systems software and virtualization technology, is the newest member of the consortium's Hypervisor Subcommittee.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., May 5 /PRNewswire/ — The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) today announced that Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs), a supplier of secure embedded systems software and virtualization technology, is the newest member of the consortium's Hypervisor Subcommittee.

"OK Labs' experience in embedded virtualization technology will be an invaluable resource as we move forward with the development of EEMBC HyperBench(TM), our forthcoming benchmark suite that will measure the contribution of hypervisors to performance, code size, and energy consumption in embedded systems," said EEMBC President Markus Levy. "I'm very pleased indeed to welcome OK Labs as our newest EEMBC member."

A hypervisor is a program that allows multiple operating systems or execution environments to run simultaneously on a single embedded processor. In a multicore environment, a hypervisor can also distribute the operating systems and applications across multiple cores. The benefits of using a hypervisor as a virtualization platform include better load balancing and lower power consumption, by virtue of migrating processes dynamically to underutilized cores, and greater uptime through background firmware updates and redundant OS imaging.

"As developers are increasingly interested in utilizing the benefits of virtualization in embedded systems, they need to understand the impact of these technologies on system performance and power consumption," said Gernot Heiser, Open Kernel Labs CTO. "By providing a standardized platform — and vendor-neutral method for measuring virtualization overheads — the EEMBC hypervisor workgroup will arm developers with the tools to make an informed decision."

In addition to OK Labs, member companies that have participated in the EEMBC Hypervisor Subcommittee include AMD, ARM, Cavium Networks, Freescale Semiconductor, IBM, Intel, Marvell Semiconductor, MIPS Technologies, Nokia, and Trango Virtual Processors. EEMBC welcomes inquiries from companies that are interested in contributing to the development of HyperBench by becoming a member of the EEMBC board of directors or its Hypervisor Subcommittee.

About Open Kernel Labs

Open Kernel Labs' leading technology in embedded systems software and virtualization enables the development of safe, trustworthy, and affordable devices. Backed by the largest independent team of microkernel developers, OK Labs delivers OKL4, an advanced microkernel solution that offers the highest performance combined with strong protection and security features. OKL4 provides developers with a robust open-source platform for building secure, differentiated embedded applications. For more information about OK Labs and its products, visit http://www.ok-labs.com. OK Labs is a spin out from NICTA, Australia's preeminent Center of Excellence for information and communications technology, http://www.nicta.com.au.

Open Kernel Labs and OK Labs are trademarks or registered trademarks of Open Kernel Labs or its affiliates in the United States and other countries.

About EEMBC

EEMBC, the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium, develops and certifies real-world benchmarks and benchmark scores to help designers select the right embedded processors for their systems. Every processor submitted for EEMBC benchmarking is tested for parameters representing different workloads and capabilities in communications, networking, consumer, office automation, automotive/industrial, embedded Java, and network storage-related applications. With members including leading semiconductor, intellectual property, and compiler companies, EEMBC establishes benchmark standards and provides certified benchmarking results through the EEMBC Technology Center.

EEMBC members include Altera, AMD, Analog Devices, ARC International, ARM, Broadcom, Cavium Networks, CEVA, Code Sourcery, Cypress Semiconductor, esmertec, Faraday, Freescale Semiconductor, Fujitsu Microelectronics, Green Hills Software, Huawei Technologies Co, IAR Systems AB, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Improv Systems, Infineon Technologies, Intel, LSI, Marvell Semiconductor, Matsushita Electric Industrial, MediaTek, Mentor Graphics, Microchip Technology, MIPS Technologies, National Instruments, NEC Electronics, Nokia, Nvidia, NXP Semiconductors, Oki Electric Industry Co, PA Semi, Qualcomm, Realtek Semiconductor, Red Hat, Renesas Technology, RMI, Sony Computer Entertainment, ST Microelectronics, Sun Microsystems, Tensilica, Texas Instruments, Toshiba, Trango Virtual Processors, VIA Technologies, and Wind River Systems.

HyperBench is a trademark and EEMBC is a registered trademark of the Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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