Operating System Embedded

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Enea OSE
ENEA AB logo.png
Written inAssembly, C, C++
OS familyReal-time embedded operating system
Latest release5.9.1 / March 20, 2018; 20 months ago (2018-03-20)
PlatformsARM, PowerPC, MIPS
Official websitewww.enea.com/ose

The Operating System Embedded (known by the acronym Enea OSE) is a real-time embedded operating system created by the Swedish information technology company ENEA AB. Bengt Eliasson, who at the time was a consultant from ENEA with an assignment at Ericsson, wrote the basic parts of the kernel. The early version for the Zilog Z80 processor was named OS80.

Architecture and abilities[edit]

OSE uses events (named signals due to ENEA's telecom background) in the form of messages passed to and from processes in the system. Messages are stored in a queue attached to each process. A 'link handler' mechanism allows signals to be passed between processes on separate machines, over a variety of transports. The OSE signalling mechanism formed the basis of an open-source inter-process kernel design project called LINX.

Multicore Edition[edit]

Enea OSE Multicore Edition was released in 2009 and is based on the same microkernel architecture. The kernel design that combines the advantages of both traditional asymmetric multiprocessing (AMP) and symmetric multiprocessing (SMP).

The hybrid AMP/SMP kernel in OSE Multicore Edition is based on a number of:

  • Essential services in OSE are implemented according to a micro kernel model which allows IP stacks, file systems, application loaders, etc. to be located on different cores, while applications can access these services regardless of location in the system (location transparency).
  • A kernel that instantiates a separate scheduler on each core with associated data structures to preserve determinism and realtime characteristics.
  • User-defined process migration and load balancing based on low intrusion mechanisms to measure CPU load on each core.
  • A lightweight kernel internal IPC mechanism called kernel events used to perform asynchronous, cross core transactions in order to avoid the use of fine-granular locking designs, which has a detrimental effect on performance.

The Enea OSE family of RTOS features 3 OSs: OSE for ARM processors, PowerPC and MIPS, OSEck for various DSP's, and OSE Epsilon for minimal devices, written in pure assembly(ARM processors, ColdFire) .

Processor support[edit]

OSE supports many mainly 32-bit processors:

  • ARM family:
  • PowerPC family:
    • IBM PPC4xx
    • IBM PPC7xx
    • Freescale MPC86xx (multicore support on MPC8641D)
    • Freescale MPC85xx (multicore support on MPC8572DS, QorIQ P2020, P4080)
    • Freescale MPC83xx
    • Freescale MPC82xx
    • Freescale MPC74xx
  • MIPS family
    • Cavium Octeon Plus (CN58xx and CN56xx)
    • MIPS32

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