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OpenSynergy | September 08, 2021
OpenSynergy introduced today the company's new automotive reference platform for virtual Android™ 11 (based on Trout). With technology from Google and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., the reference platform features the integration of the Virtual I/O (VIRTIO) framework into Android Automotive OS, which allows Android to run on any hypervisor supporting the upcoming VIRTIO devices and any system on chip (SoC). The reference platform contains Android 11, a board support package (BSP) from Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., and the VIRTIO-based COQOS Hypervisor SDK, all of which are running on a Snapdragon® Automotive Development Platform (ADP).
VIRTIO is an established virtualization standard maintained by the OASIS Open consortium that provides a device sharing framework for devices such as Block, Network, Console, graphics processing unit (GPU), Input, etc. As active members of the consortium, OpenSynergy and Google have worked to expand the scope of the open standards in the automotive domain. As there are missing automotive-specific VIRTIO devices, the two companies are working within the OASIS consortium to close the gap. Furthermore, the collaboration between OpenSynergy and Google aims to allow flexibility to automakers and Tier-1 suppliers to switch between SoCs and hypervisors to best match their needs.
The reference platform showcases an Android Automotive OS-based Cockpit Domain Controller (CDC) architecture. Similar to other CDCs, the underlying hypervisor guarantees the secure coexistence of Android (typically a QM system) with systems of higher criticality, such as the real-time OS displaying the telltales on an Instrument Cluster (typically ASIL B).
The novelty lies in deploying a fully virtualized Android Automotive OS (Trout), i.e., an Android version with no dependencies on the hardware. Instead of directly accessing the hardware devices, Android accesses these devices using the standardized VIRTIO framework provided by the underlying virtual platform.
A fully virtualized Android Automotive OS can easily be ported onto any hardware supported by the underlying virtual platform. In the case of the COQOS Hypervisor SDK, the hardware is any automotive relevant ARMv8-A-based SoC. The clean architectural separation introduced by VIRTIO makes updating Android and the BSP easy.
The reference platform and the usage of virtualized Android Automotive OS were showcased over the last year in several promotional events. Now, customers can access it and develop their specific applications on it. The released reference platform is intended only for research and pre-development purposes and not for series production. Customers can acquire the Snapdragon ADP through Qualcomm Technologies' distribution channels. The reference platform software is now available at OpenSynergy.
Jonathan Siegel, Portfolio Manager of OpenSynergy: "It has been an honor to work with Google and Qualcomm Technologies on such a game-changing project for the automotive industry. After intense years of development, the day has come in which we at OpenSynergy are finally releasing the virtual Android Automotive OS reference platform to the community. We are confident that this will ignite a new dynamic features we did not think of will be developed; easier deployment processes will be implemented. And we look forward to what comes next for VIRTIO-based Android. The community will guide us!"
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NordVPN | June 28, 2022
NordVPN has unveiled Meshnet, a unique new feature that will enable users to connect directly to other devices rather than routing their data through a VPN server, cementing the company's position as an industry leader.
“Whereas a traditional NordVPN connection redirects your internet traffic through servers, Meshnet lets you create your own NordVPN server, made up of only your own or your friends' devices, regardless of their location. All that’s needed is a NordVPN subscription,” says Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN.
“This feature release is a gamechanger and will truly transform how our users utilize NordVPN. Our product team has been working relentlessly for the past few years, which really began with the development of our flagship technology — NordLynx — the bedrock behind Meshnet that allows us to provide amplified privacy solutions without sacrificing industry leading speed,”
Vykintas Maknickas, product strategist at NordVPN
To use Meshnet, users must first update their NordVPN app and ensure that they are linked through the NordLynx protocol, after which they can switch it on in the NordVPN app and connect up to 10 personal and/or 50 external devices.
NordVPN is a subsidiary of Nord Security. Nord Security is confident in its ability to become an all-around cybersecurity solution. In addition to NordVPN, the cybersecurity firm offers three more market-leading products: NordPass, a next-generation password manager; NordLocker, an encrypted cloud storage solution; and NordLayer, an advanced network access security solution for organizations.
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MemVerge | September 22, 2021
MemVerge, the pioneers of Big Memory software, announced Memory Machine™ Big Memory virtualization software has been selected by Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences to speed the genomic analytic processing for plant DNA research to develop more sustainable plant products.
At the forefront of research and development, Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences seeks to find solutions to pressing health and agriculture issues and their interaction with the environment. To achieve this, Penn State has become a go-to place for analyzing and accessing dispersed and large data in an effort to facilitate transformative life sciences discoveries by enabling path-breaking research, simulating innovation, and inspiring work in a collaborative environment.
Among its flagship research projects is the analysis of plant DNA sequencing to identify opportunities to develop plants - from cocoa to apples - that can better sustain droughts, diseases and achieve longer transportation and shelf life, which is important to improve food supplies for third world nations. To achieve this research, the bioscientists at Penn State must analyze genome sequences that are even more complex than human genomes. Using traditional analytic methods, it could take weeks to process specific workloads and running jobs can often fail as data is much larger than the available compute memory.
Using MemVerge Memory Machine memory virtualization software, Penn State has been able to accelerate discovery for its plant DNA research. By deploying a pool of software-defined DRAM and persistent memory (PMem), the life sciences institute has been able to speed the completion of their analytic pipeline and run jobs that it hasn't been able to process before.
"MemVerge Memory Machine has been a game-changing technology for our plant DNA research," said Claude dePamphilis, Director of the Center for Parasitic and Carnivorous Plants at Penn State Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. "The innovative technology helps us achieve DRAM-like performance from a mixed memory configuration. This has not only dramatically increased our time to research findings but has also saved us considerable budget in the process."
Memory Machine software provided scientists at Penn State with transparent access to virtualized DRAM and PMem memory and ZeroIO™ Snapshot technology. The in-memory snapshot technology allows researchers to roll back workloads quickly to specific points in time for adaptive analyses and ensure resilience with lightning-fast crash recovery. This allows new genomic testing to continue without downtime.
"The genomic sequencing use case at Penn State is an exceptional example of how Big Memory technology can overcome the barriers presented by the 'data bigger than memory' problem," said Charles Fan, CEO of MemVerge. "By eliminating the boundaries of traditional compute infrastructure and creating a memory fabric that can cost-effectively support the memory-intensive processes applications such as genomics analytics require, we are changing the landscape of what is possible. Memory is no longer a limitation for applications such as genomics sequencing, in-memory databases and other data-intensive usages such as animation and VFX. We're opening the door for increased innovation, landmark research findings and better health outcomes."
MemVerge Memory Machine makes 100% use of available memory capacity while providing new operational capabilities to memory-centric workloads. Memory Machine answers the need for a modern in-memory computing model to support emerging applications that require real-time analytics, true in-memory computing, and fault-tolerant memory persistence to speed massive processing workloads.
Memory is too small. Storage is too slow. In response, MemVerge is pioneering the new category of Big Memory Computing that simultaneously delivers the nanosecond performance of memory with the massive capacity of storage. MemVerge® Memory Machine™ Software transparently virtualizes different types of memory hardware into a pool of software-defined memory with the same performance of DRAM, but with many times the capacity. On top of the transparent memory service, Memory Machine provides the industry's first suite of data services that can provision petabytes of capacity, performance, availability, and mobility at the speed of memory and across the clouds.