Abaco announces Health Toolkit for digital radar, flight control, and other systems
HUNTSVILLE, Ala.— Abaco Systems of Huntsville, Alabama recently announced the Health Toolkit, a solution designed to maximize system reliability and success in mission critical environments such as electronic warfare, digital radar and flight control.
Health Toolkit is a software/middleware tool, operating between the underlying hardware and the application software, that interrogates all aspects of the hardware’s performance, optionally reports on its health via a GUI and enables corrective measures to be taken if necessary.
The Health Toolkit is unique in that it not only analyzes and reports on Abaco VPX hardware within the system, but also enables third party and custom hardware to be both integrated and interrogated, and does so in a unified manner that makes the gathering and interpretation of data easier.
The granular data provided by the Health Toolkit can be used to identify patterns of behavior that can lead to hardware malfunction, enabling corrective action to be taken to prevent system failure. It also reports on resource utilization, allowing resources to be reassigned if necessary.
Information derived from the Health Toolkit is available to the application software, enabling the application to take appropriate programmatic action in the event of anticipated failure.
The core framework is built on the Data Distribution System (DDS) open standard middleware layer. This middleware is widely used in many industries and aligns with wider common system architecture standards such as FACE and SOSA. The toolkit provides DDS publish and subscribe example source code. This, along with a fully documented data model, enables developers to integrate their own components into the framework.
In addition to the GUI application that provides a dashboard to display all the system health information being collected and published via the framework, a web server is provided that enables health data to be viewed via a standard web browser. Operating system support is provided for Linux, Windows and VxWorks.
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