SOURCE: LynuxWorks


November 09, 2011 08:00 ET

LynuxWorks and Themis Demonstrate Rugged, Secure Server Solutions at MILCOM 2011

LynxSecure Highly Secure Virtualization Technology and CoolShell Blade Server Provide a Versatile Platform for Military Applications

BALTIMORE, MD--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) - MILCOM -- LynuxWorks, Inc., a world leader in the secure virtualization market, and Themis Computer, a leading global supplier of ruggedized, commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) board and system-level products for military applications, team to demonstrate a new rugged, high-performance multilevel secure solution at MILCOM 2011. The companies will showcase LynuxWorks' LynxSecure secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor running on Themis' CoolShell blade servers.

Nowhere are the requirements for secure high-performance computing more dramatic than the battlefield. The military requires transportable, high-performance, secure computing platforms optimized for field deployment -- where difficult conditions are the norm. This means secure, compact, lightweight, and highly available computing that is easy to use. The ideal solution must be scalable and designed to maximize virtual environments. Because back-up windows are short and bandwidth is limited, access to data must be fast, secure, and reliable.

LynxSecure's highly secure virtualization solution utilizes CoolShell's hardware-virtualization technology and multiple processor cores to provide one of the most advanced multilevel secure platforms available in military and aerospace systems today. The LynxSecure solution is also available on Themis RES rack mountable, small form factor, and 3U VPX Mission and Payload Systems (MPS).

MILCOM 2011, November 7-9
This secure, rugged high-performance computing solution will be demonstrated at MILCOM 2011 at LynuxWorks Booth 1423 and Themis Booth 457. MILCOM 2011 celebrates their 30th anniversary of its premier international conference for military communications at the Baltimore Convention Center on November 7-9. Both LynuxWorks and Themis technical staff will be available to demonstrate and discuss solutions to various customer challenges.

LynxSecure 5.0 and CoolShell -- Unrivaled Security and Application Performance
"The combination of LynxSecure 5.0 running on ruggedized CoolShell blade servers brings unparalleled security, reliability, and virtualization to high-performance military embedded systems," said Gurjot Singh, CEO and president at LynuxWorks. "It is no longer necessary to compromise on performance or security when consolidating applications onto a rugged virtualized server. All military systems from data centers to the battlefield can now have it all -- unprecedented ruggedness, performance, reliability, virtualization, and ultra security in a single system."

LynxSecure provides one of the most flexible secure virtualization solutions for use in Intel architecture-based embedded and computer systems. Designed to maintain the highest levels of military security and built-from-the-ground-up to achieve it, LynxSecure 5.0 now offers an industry-leading combination of security with functionality, allowing developers and integrators to use the latest software and hardware technologies to build complex multi-OS based systems. LynxSecure 5.0 provides two types of device virtualization, either direct assignment of physical devices to individual guest OSes for maximum security, or secure device sharing across selected guest OSes for maximum functionality in resource constrained endpoints such as laptops. LynxSecure also offers two OS virtualization schemes: para-virtualized guest OSes such as Linux and LynxOS-SE OSes offering maximum performance; and fully virtualized guest OSes such as Windows, Solaris and Chromium OSes requiring no changes to the guest OS. Another key performance feature that LynxSecure offers is the ability to run both fully virtualized and para-virtualized guest OSes that have Symmetric Multi-processing (SMP) capabilities across multiple cores.

"Security without a compromise to performance is a key requirement for many of our military customers," said William Kehret, CEO and president at Themis. "The combination of our high performance CoolShell bladed system with LynxSecure 5.0 provides the highest levels of security and application performance available in the industry today," explained Kehret.

The principle barrier to higher compute density in modular electronic packaging is the cooling of high dissipation devices, most notably, the new breed of multi-core microprocessors. Designed for thermal and kinetic management, and featuring the latest four and six-core Xeon processors from Intel, Themis systems provide high reliability and performance to ensure application availability in the most demanding environments.

The CoolShell rugged server technology combines a high-performance, single-board computer and graphics processor in a blade server configuration for rugged systems applications in demanding environments. CoolShell blade servers use commercial CPU boards in rugged packages that provide superior electronics cooling and thermal management. The CoolShell CS-3U and CS-5U systems are modularly maintainable, commercial blade server systems that combine an extended complement of processing, memory and I/O, into a 3U or 5U rack mountable CoolShell sub-rack, and provide thermal footprint headroom to accommodate aggressive scaling of commercial microprocessor core density, speed, and power.

About Themis Computer
Themis Computer is a leading developer and supplier of high-performance board and system-level products for mission-critical telecommunications, military/aerospace and industrial embedded applications. Themis provides open standards-based embedded computing platforms that support the Linux and Windows operating systems. Themis systems incorporate features designed to ensure high reliability and availability while reducing the risks of failure caused by extreme environments. Themis combines high performance computing, and advanced thermal and mechanical design techniques, to deliver a wide range of unrivaled computing solutions that optimize space, weight, and power, are easy to deploy, inexpensive to own and operate, and that enable OEMs, systems integrators, and application providers to meet their most stringent requirements. Themis Computer is headquartered in Fremont, CA, and offers worldwide service and support. For more information please visit or email:

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks is a world leader in secure virtualization and open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS). The award-winning LynxSecure offers a secure separation kernel and hypervisor that forms a platform for the development of high assurance systems and cloud deployments for sensitive data. Since it was established in 1988, LynuxWorks has created technology that has been successfully deployed in thousands of designs and millions of products made by leading communications, avionics, aerospace/defense, and consumer electronics companies. LynuxWorks' headquarters are located in San Jose, CA. For more information, visit

LynuxWorks is a trademark and LynxOS is a registered trademark of LynuxWorks, Inc. Themis, the Themis logo, and CoolShell are trademarks or registered trademarks of Themis Computer. Other brand or product names are registered trademarks or trademarks of the respective holders.

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