SOURCE: LynuxWorks


May 03, 2011 08:00 ET

LynuxWorks and Themis Show Latest Version of Secure Separation Kernel on Rugged Secure Server Platforms

Combination of LynxSecure 5.0 Running on CoolShell Blade Server Provides Advanced High-Performance Security Solution for Military Applications

SAN JOSE, CA and DETROIT, MI--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - Embedded Systems Conference and Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems Conference -- LynuxWorks™, Inc., a world leader in the secure virtualization market, and Themis Computer a leading supplier of high-performance board and system-level products for military applications, today announced that they have ported the latest version of the LynxSecure separation kernel and hypervisor to the CoolShell and Rugged Enterprise Servers (RES) server platforms. The LynuxWorks highly secure virtualization solution and Themis high-performance multi-core rugged blade servers provide one of the most advanced multilevel secure platforms for use in military and aerospace systems available today.

The first showing of LynxSecure 5.0 running on a Themis CoolShell platform will be at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley from May 2-4 and in the LynuxWorks' Booth (#771) at the DoDIIS conference (Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems) in Detroit from May 1-5, where both LynuxWorks and Themis technical staff will be available to demonstrate the combined product.

"LynxSecure 5.0 raises the bar for secure virtualization systems running on Intel® processors, by combining ultra security with unparalleled features and functionality, without compromising the performance and determinism required for military embedded systems," said Gurjot Singh, CEO and president at LynuxWorks. "Running LynxSecure on the Themis high-performance rugged hardware provides the best platform for developing next-generation secure military systems, and LynuxWorks is looking forward to a long and successful relationship with Themis."

LynxSecure makes it possible to securely run multiple guest operating systems and their applications on a single platform. It does this by isolating applications into separate partitions to prevent unintended or dangerous software interactions. Any communication between the secure partitions is controlled by security policies defined by the system administrator and enforced by LynxSecure.

LynxSecure 5.0 offers a host of new features that boost the performance of guest operating systems and applications that run on top of it, offering close to native performance even when running fully virtualized or unmodified guest operating systems. LynxSecure 5.0 also supports symmetric multi-processing guest operating systems in both para-virtualized and fully virtualized forms, enabling flexible use of modern multi-core processors to gain the best performance for secure systems and applications.

"Security is a key requirement for many of our military customers," said William Kehret, CEO and president at Themis. "However, compromising the performance to which they are accustomed, is not an option," explained Kehret. "We believe that the combination of our high-performance CoolShell and RES servers, with LynxSecure 5.0, provides the highest levels of security and application performance, available in the industry today."

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®, the Themis family of XR3 RES platforms provide high reliability and performance, to assure application availability in the most demanding environments. These rack mountable servers are available in 1U, 2U and 3U configurations.

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 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 subrack, 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 Solaris, Linux, and Windows operating systems. Themis' products incorporate features designed to ensure high reliability and availability while reducing the risks of failure caused by extreme environments. An ISO 9001 certified company, Themis Computer practices Total Quality Management (TQM) in all areas of its business, from engineering and manufacturing to customer service. Themis Computer is headquartered in Fremont, CA, and offers worldwide service and support. For more information please visit or email:

About LynuxWorks
LynuxWorks, a world leader in the embedded software market, is committed to providing open and reliable real-time operating systems (RTOS) and software tools to embedded developers. The company's LynxOS family of operating systems offers open standards with the highest level of safety and security features, enabling many mission-critical systems in defense, avionics and other industries. The latest product in the portfolio, the award winning LynxSecure, offers a secure separation kernel and embedded hypervisor that forms a platform for the development of high-assurance systems. 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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