Red Hat Unveils New Open Source Simulation Tool for Constructing Embedded Systems and Appliances

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United States, December 21, 2000

SID Project Enables Design of Open Source Software Prior to Creation of Physical Hardware

Red Hat (Nasdaq:RHAT), a leader in developing, deploying and managing open source Internet infrastructure, today introduced the SID project, an open source hardware simulation framework for embedded developers. This package consists of software components interacting with each other to imitate the behavior of physical hardware before its actual creation.

"Developing a simulation environment today is almost as complex as the system itself, and the framework SID provides is unprecedented in the rest of the open source community," said Kim Knuttila, Vice President, Engineering Services for Red Hat, Inc. "There are other free and open source simulators available out there on the Net, but none that actually provide an environment to plug and play together."

With SID, Red Hat builds for its partners a simulation framework featuring a modular architecture of software components interacting together to imitate physical hardware. This modularity allows users or programs to closely monitor and alter a running simulation, giving embedded software developers debugging and testing advantages over a typical hardware model. SID includes a library of components for modeling hardware and software parts, instrumentation, control and external interfaces. SID runs on Linux, Solaris and Cygwin, while supporting the ARM and M32 CPU processor families and several non-CPU specific part models.

"The introduction of SID reinforces Red Hat's commitment to bringing new technologies to open source developers," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat. "SID provides a framework for understanding and evaluating the performance of both abstract and real world systems."

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