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Aerospace & Defense

BOEING

Wind River Helps Keep More than 300 Million Passengers Safe on 1.5 Million 787 Dreamliner Flights

VxWorks 653 safely partitions more than 70 applications from 15 suppliers

VxWorks 653 serves as Boeing 787’s central nervous system, allowing applications of different safety certification levels to run reliably on a single shared compute platform.

THE OBJECTIVE

When it began development of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing knew it needed to develop an FAA-certifiable, commercial, partitioned operating system to reduce the cost, size, power consumption, and weight of its innovative long-haul, wide-body, twin-engine commercial carrier. The goal was to asynchronously integrate multiple applications from multiple suppliers at multiple levels of safety, security, and reliability—a level of complexity never before attempted in commercial avionics.

HOW WIND RIVER HELPED

The VxWorks® 653® partitioning operating system serves as the central nervous system of the world’s fastest-selling commercial airliner, allowing applications of different safety certification levels to run reliably on a single shared computer platform. The 15 suppliers that contributed to the 787 Common Core System software platform saved time and money in developing, integrating, testing, and deploying the 80–100 applications that now power the world’s most widely deployed commercial airliner.

THE RESULTS

In December 2018, Boeing delivered the 787th instantiation of its game-changing passenger aircraft. The 787 Dreamliner is now in use by 45 different international carriers, making it by far the best-selling commercial airliner in aviation history. The aircraft’s Common Core System, developed by GE Aviation using VxWorks 653, now integrates up to 100 different applications at varying levels of safety, security, and reliability.