Start-up Eternal shows way to ORB-oriented fault tolerance
- By Jack Vaughan
Eternal Systems took the stage at last week's Embedded Systems Conference in
San Francisco as a new player in the advanced middleware market. The company
released versions of FT/ORB and NIFTI fault-detector notifier software. The
products are positioned as software-based, fault-tolerant solutions for distributed
embedded applications that require continuous availability.
FT/ORB 2.0 is available for the Highlander VisiBroker CORBA ORB running on
the WindRiver VxWorks operating system, and for the Vertel e*ORB running on
Linux. The product is based on technology developed by researchers at the University
of California in Santa Barbara.
Eternal's goal has been to simplify the task of bringing fault tolerance to
object-brokered distributed computing. "We don't expect the application
developer to need to know about fault tolerance," said Tom Laux, president,
Eternal Systems. FT/ORB is a multicasting system. In operation, it handles faults
and issues notifications of events to system administrators.
The company has worked with the Object Management Group to standardize object-oriented
fault tolerance. Eternal's Laux describes the NIFTI detector as "featherweight
for embedded environments." He said the California Department of Transportation
has used the software as part of a test-bed center for interoperability. It
was used there as part of a system that employed 200 video cameras in a Santa
Barbara county traffic-monitoring application.
Jack Vaughan is former Editor-at-Large at Application Development Trends magazine.