[svlug] mission critical computing and air safety
ibm1130 at sbcglobal.net
Fri Sep 24 08:03:58 PDT 2004
On Wed, 22 Sep 2004 08:43:02 -0700, Rick Kwan <kwanrj03 at comcast.net
> Which leads me to the conclusion... we're in for more of the same.
> We were simply lucky this time that no one died.
By definition this was not a system critical failure since there
was not an immediate possibility of death or injury due to
the problem and there was a work-around.
However, the thought that a commodity O/S with known security
and reliability problems is being used for something like this
is more than a little disturbing.
Manned airline flight simulators for instance do not run
Windows. Some of CAE's latest products are PC driven but I
believe they use an RTOS of some sort to do the actual real-time
stuff. Standard Linux kernel ( + low latency patch ) implementations
have been driving the same class of simulator
for about the last decade with outstanding reliability.
Wonder if there are any assault lawyers interested in this.
M$ is after all sitting on a pile o' cash.
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