CAmkES: Component Architecture for microkernel-based Embedded Systems
Composing Embedded Systems Software
The CAmkES project provides a solution for quickly and reliably building complex microkernel-based embedded systems software.
CAmkES is a platform that abstracts the low-level mechanisms of a microkernel, providing communication primitives and support for decomposition of a system into functional units. With this platform as a base, embedded systems software is designed as a set of protected and separated services that communicate with each other through highly efficient and secure interprocess communication mechanisms. Given that services are protected from each other by a combination of a proven kernel and hardware protection, resulting systems have the potential to be highly reliable and secure.
The design of such a modular system becomes increasingly complicated as the number of services and degrees of interconnection grow. In addition to the platform itself, CAmkES provides a model and tools that reduce this complexity and makes the design and implementation of large microkernel-based systems feasible.
Using a component-based software development approach to building microkernel-based embedded systems software, the system is modelled as a set of interacting software components. These software components have explicit interaction interfaces, and a system design details the connections between components. Furthermore, the components are designed in such a way as to be reusable in different systems and not to rely on the implementation specifics of the connection mechanisms. This enables more rapid development and more manageable systems.
Component-based development shifts the development emphasis from programming software to composing software systems. It brings with it obvious benefits for embedded systems such as reusability, maintainability, and a reduction of software complexity which leads to improved productivity. However, applying component-based development in the embedded domain also introduces several new concepts and challenges.
- Resource-constrained environments;
- Desirable flexibility for component design and implementation, through parameterisation and configuration;
- Component reusability, exemplified by independence from their environment; and
- Support for a variety of computational models (or architectural styles), including event-based models, dataflow models, etc.
Archived information about prior CAmkES research can be found here.
The CAmkES technology has been licensed to Open Kernel Labs for integration into their products. The CAmkES framework for OKL4 has been released as open source. Please see our software pages for more information and to download it.
Further information about the design and implementation of CAmkES can be found on the following pages:
| Matthew Fernandez, Ihor Kuz and Gerwin Klein|
Formalisation of a component platform
Poster Presentation, Operating Systems Design and Implementation 2012, Hollywood, CA, USA, October, 2012.
| Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale|
PhD Thesis, School of Computer Science and Engineering, University of NSW, Sydney 2052, Australia, 2011
| Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale and Ihor Kuz|
Towards automatic performance optimisation of componentised systems
2nd Workshop on Isolation and Integration in Embedded Systems, Nuremberg, Germany, April, 2009
| Gernot Heiser, Kevin Elphinstone, Ihor Kuz, Gerwin Klein and Stefan M. Petters|
Towards trustworthy computing systems: Taking microkernels to the next level
ACM Operating Systems Review, Volume 41, Number 4, pp. 3–11, July, 2007
| Ihor Kuz and Yan Liu|
Extending the capabilities of component models for embedded systems
International Conference on the Quality of Software-Architectures (QoSA), Boston, MA, USA, July, 2007
| Ihor Kuz, Yan Liu, Ian Gorton and Gernot Heiser|
CAmkES: A component model for secure microkernel-based embedded systems
Journal of Systems and Software Special Edition on Component-Based Software Engineering of Trustworthy Embedded Systems, Volume 80, Number 5, pp. 687–699, May, 2007
| Nicholas FitzRoy-Dale|
A declarative approach to extensible interface compilation
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Microkernels for Embedded Systems (MIKES), Sydney, Australia, January, 2007
For more information about the project please contact Ihor (ihor.kuz at nicta.com.au).