I have a question about the Sys/Bios RTOS. Is it DO178B certified? Also, there is a range of 20 years where our application is meant to function. Are there any re-certification costs, maintenance and re-validation costs? Would Sys/Bios have long term support and do you consider the compilation unit would be acceptable in this time frame? Also, in terms of validation does the OS provide a validation method or just end to end testing?
Sys/bios is not DO-178B certified, although it should be noted that this standard requires complete applications to be certified and doesn't extend to individual SW components. We certainly had DSP/BIOS, the previous product to sys/bios get used in DO-178B-certified applications. In such cases, the customers licensed the source code and did the certification themselves. With sys/bios the source code is provided with the standard product so you can certainly follow this approach.
In terms of long-term support, i don't know if we have any formal commitment on the SW side, but I can say that historically we definitely support older versions of our OS products and I can recall even produding patches for 7-year old releases to help out customers who could not upgrade to the newer versions that had the fix. This is not normal procedure but does illustrate that we are prepared to support our software for a long time. The SW team is relatively stable here and that helps in supporting releases that came out a long time ago.
We have a test suite that we run to validate our OS releases. This test suite has been built up over the last 15 years to reflect the test cases we know are most effective to catching bugs in the OS.
I don't understand your question about the 'compilation unit'.
Do you know how I would be able to know about any fees for the long term support or the process that should be followed for that?
<<<We have a test suite that we run to validate our OS releases.
Is this test suite available to customers of SYSBIOS? can you tell me any 3rd parties that have a certification package for SYSBIOS?
The test suite is not available for customers. We run a series of ~450 separate .out file applications to exercise all of the APIs with different parameters. The test cases attempt to find edge cases and problems with the implementation or documentation of the APIs.
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