Wind River’s latest enhancements to its Wind River Linux include technology to ease adoption of containers in embedded systems. It provides pre-built containers, tools, documentation, and support for Docker and Kubernetes. It is Docker compatible under Open Container Initiative (OCI) specifications, but it is also lighter weight and has a smaller footprint than Docker. Delivering a Yocto Project Compatible cross-architecture container management framework, Wind River Linux helps ease and accelerate the use of containers for embedded developers.
Container technology in Wind River Linux, dubbed OverC, integrates components from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and the Yocto Project to help define a comprehensive framework for building and deploying containers for embedded systems. Initially developed at Wind River and available on GitHub, this technology supports virtually any processor architecture and orchestration environment.
With this release, Wind River Linux removes the difficulties and lowers the barrier of entry for container usage in embedded software projects for a diverse range of applications including industrial control systems, autonomous vehicles, medical devices and equipment, Internet of Things (IoT) gateways, Radio Access Network (RAN) products, and a wide range of network appliances. The container technology allows for cloud native development across both the near edge and far edge and is appropriate for critical infrastructure markets.