VxWorks 653 Platform 2.x Essentials

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Course Details Summary

  • Duration: 4 Days
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  • Format: Lectures and Labs
  • Type: Instructor-led
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The Wind River® VxWorks® 653 Platform 2.x Essentials course provides engineers with a fast, cost-effective way to acquire the skills necessary to develop safety critical applications with Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform.

After this course, participants will be able to perform the following:

  • Take a requirement specification to a working application
  • Develop, test, and debug safety critical applications with the VxWorks 653 real-time operating system (RTOS)
  • Accelerate the development and configuration of ARINC 653 safety critical systems
  • Use VxWorks 653–specific Workbench facilities to configure VxWorks 653 applications
  • Build applications within partitions, and use ARINC ports for I/O from partitions
  • Use core tools efficiently: simulation, inspector, Wind River System Viewer host and target-based shell, monitoring, file systems, network stacks
  • Wind River VxWorks 653 Platform 2.3
  • Application developers creating standards-based safety critical applications
  • Developers who primarily use C and need to develop partition-based applications using the features of the VxWorks 653 RTOS

Day 1

Introduction to ARINC 653

  • ARINC 653 overview
    • Time and space partitioning
  • Partition management, control, and scheduling
  • Inter-partition communication
  • Health monitoring

Getting Started

  • VxWorks 653 platform components
  • Getting help
  • Cross-development
  • Simulator
  • LAB: Getting started (hardware or Simics target)

VxWorks 653 System Architecture

  • Module OS and partition scheduling
  • Partition OS and task/process scheduling
  • Shared libraries
  • ARINC port inter-partition communication
  • Payloads (NET, ROM, RAM)
  • LAB: System architecture

Day 2

VxWorks 653 Error Management

  • ARINC 653 health monitoring
  • Inter-partition health monitoring
  • Error codes
  • LAB: Error injection and handling, installing custom handlers

VxWorks 653 Data Management

  • File systems
  • Loadable shared data

Configuring and Building a VxWorks 653 System

  • XML configuration and build
  • Payload configuration and build
  • Workbench configuration and build
  • LAB: Configuring and building VxWorks 653 components, net builds, “system integrator” configuration, “Cert” builds, building a RAM payload

Day 3

VxWorks 653 Communication

  • ARINC 653 ports
  • I/O device driver models
  • DO-178B network stack
  • LAB: Inter-partition communication using ARINC ports

Debugging VxWorks 653

  • Host shell
  • Source level debugger
  • Wind River System Viewer
  • Monitoring tools
  • LAB: Task and system mode debugging, multiple partition debugging
  • LAB: System Viewer
  • LAB: Monitoring tools

Day 4


  • Partition management
  • Process management
  • Time management
  • Inter-partition communication
  • Intra-partition communication
  • Health monitoring
  • LAB: ARINC 653 API

USE CASE: I/O partition

Consultant Q & A


  • Certification
    • Safety critical software development
    • DO-178B certification
    • Certification evidence
  • LAB: Migrating legacy (VxWorks 653 2.2) projects

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisite Skills

  • User-level familiarity with the host operating system on which the VxWorks 653 Platform will be installed
  • One year C or C++ programming
  • Basic understanding of operating systems and debugging techniques
  • Basic understanding of ARINC 653 concepts
  • This four-day expert-led course consists of lectures and lab sessions.
  • Attendees use VxWorks 653 Platform 2.3 to gain experience with the topics presented.
  • Participants examine and exercise simulated network topologies in hands-on labs.
  • Participants receive individual guidance from an expert engineer who has extensive experience with Wind River technologies.
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