At the show, embedded operating systems giant, Wind River Systems, Inc. talked about its use of the Virtutech Simics simulation to develop multicore versions of its embedded software products. Peter S. Magnusson, founder and chief technical officer of Virtutech, told media at the show that such modeling can be used for so-called "nightly builds," in which engineers of large products, even cars and airplanes, can create rough models in a day. "We're beginning to see situations where you build the hardware to match the software, not the other way around," Magnusson said. "When you have 20 million lines of code in your product, that's the way you have to do it." (Look for more on the concept of "nightly builds" in a future issue of DN.) Read more about Simics at http://rbi.ims.ca/4924-576.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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