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VxWorks 7 and Workbench Essentials

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  • Duration: 4 Days
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  • Format: Lectures and Labs
  • Type: Instructor-led
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The VxWorks® 7.0 and Workbench Essentials training course provides engineers with a fast, cost-effective way to acquire the skills necessary to develop real-time applications with VxWorks and Wind River® Workbench.

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

  • Design and develop real-time applications in kernel and user modes
  • Debug, build, and test real-time applications in a target host development environment with Workbench and VxWorks
  • VxWorks 7.0 and later
  • Wind River Workbench 4
  • Earlier product releases (topics may vary)
  • Anyone who will receive Workbench 4 and VxWorks 7 within 60 days
  • Developers who work with Workbench and VxWorks
  • New project members on teams already using Wind River products
  • Senior engineers who want to evaluate VxWorks technology

Day 1

Getting Started with VxWorks 7

  • Workbench 4 features
  • VxWorks 7 features

VxWorks Targets and Connections

  • Hardware target configuration
  • Booting the hardware target
  • Workbench tools architecture
  • Configuring and connecting the TCF server
  • VxWorks Simulator—a high-level simulator
  • LAB: Getting Started with VxWorks

Managing Projects in Workbench

  • VxWorks 7 installation directory structure
  • VxWorks 7 layers and packages
  • VxWorks source build and image projects
  • Configuring the kernel
  • Configuring application projects
  • LAB: Managing VxWorks Projects

VxWorks Kernel Shell

  • Kernel shell commands and help
  • Kernel shell usage
  • Command-line history and editing
  • Object module loader
  • LAB: Using the VxWorks Kernel Shell

Day 2

Debugging in Workbench

  • Application mode and stop mode debugger
  • Setting breakpoints
  • Downloading code
  • Attaching to running tasks
  • LAB: Debugging with Workbench
  • LAB: Debugging VxWorks 7 in Stop Mode

Real-Time Multitasking

  • Task states in VxWorks
  • Context switching
  • Spawning new tasks
  • Alternative POSIX support
  • System tasks
  • LAB: Working with VxWorks Tasks

VxWorks Events

  • Task event register
  • Event handling in VxWorks
  • Receiving and sending events
  • LAB: Working with VxWorks Events

Day 3


  • Synchronization issues
  • Binary and counting semaphores
  • VxWorks events and semaphores
  • Mutual exclusion issues
  • Deletion and inversion safe mutex semaphores
  • Other preemption locks for tasks and ISRs
  • LAB: Using Semaphores

Inter-task Communication

  • Shared memory and data structures
  • Message queues
  • Creating, sending, and receiving messages
  • LAB: Communicating between VxWorks Tasks

Real-Time Processes

  • Overview of the RTP model
  • Use of MMU
  • Memory allocation and tasks
  • VxWorks component support for RTPs
  • RTP execution and termination
  • Debugging RTPs
  • Shared library usage
  • Public and private objects
  • LAB: Working with Real-Time Processes

VxWorks Memory

  • Physical memory layout
  • Virtual memory layout
  • Examining memory
  • LAB: Managing VxWorks Memory

Day 4

Exceptions, Interrupts, and Timers

  • Exception handling and signals
  • Installing signals to handle exceptions
  • Interrupt service routine basics
  • ISR guidelines
  • LAB: Using VxWorks Exceptions, Interrupts, and Timers

Error Detection and Reporting

  • Error reporting features
  • Error reporting capabilities
  • Error reporting framework
  • Persistent memory manager
  • Configuring ED&R in the kernel
  • LAB: Using VxWorks Error Detection and Reporting

System Viewer

  • Collecting and displaying event data
  • User-defined events
  • Additional analysis views
  • LAB: Using System Viewer

Analysis Tools

  • System browser
  • CPU profiler
  • Memory analyzer
  • LAB: Using VxWorks Analysis Tools

Prerequisite Courses

  • Real-Time Programming for Embedded Systems
  • Prerequisite Skills

    • One year of C programming
    • Basic understanding of operating systems and debugging techniques
    • This four-day expert-led course consists of lectures and lab sessions.
    • Attendees use VxWorks 7and Wind River Workbench 4 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.