VW / Stanford University Car system
By David Clack on Jun 22, 2009
So I'm not sure how many of you watched the last day keynote by James Gosling, I've already talked about the JavaFX Jukebox on stage, I actually did get to go down the San Francisco and was in the hall during the keynote.
I got to meet and shake hands with both James Goslings and Paul Perrone finally.
Paul and I got to work on the Solaris X86 and JRTS, UAV helicopter that flew at Java ONE a couple of years ago, a very small full featured motherboard from IGoLogic and Axiomtek.
The second to last presentation was by Sun and VW about working with Stanford University to build an Audi car that could navigate a rally course at high speed, without a driver.
It will be using Java Real Time to do the processing on top of Solaris X86.
Well I shipped the first test unit of the dual core Celeron running Solaris 10 X86, to VW on the Monday after Java ONE.
In the end there will be four separate systems in the car running Solaris X86, we received the Canbus controllers from our other partner in Germany Hilscher just the week before Java One, we have one of the first multiprotocol PCI104 cards in the USA, Canbus, DeviceNet and ProfiBus, we just need to change drivers and connectors on the front of the system.
The system is just like the other motherboards from IGoLogic and Axiomtek, no issues at all with the install, GUI installer works all the time, even through the DVI / VGA converter.
Once Solaris is up and running, the system is very quite, no error messages in the logs at all.
I installed Solaris X86 onto a Transcend 8Gb SDD, same 2.5" form factor as we use in the BlueWonder, this time though with a SATA connector, the speed looks just like you would see if it was a real SATA HDD.