General

Introducing AimOS Family

DSP Valley member AimValley introduces the AimOS Family

 

Overview

AimOS is a collection of software assets and tools to develop carrier grade telecom and datacom systems. It is a field proven solution with a first deployment in 2003 and has been used in more than 100,000 deployed systems. Some of these systems are developed by AimValley as OEM and ODM systems, others are developed jointly with customers of AimValley. All users benefit from the key advantages of the AimOS being:

  • An advanced and flexible software stack
  • Support for carrier grade systems
  • Field proven solutions

AimOS can be customized for different application areas. Ranging from a high end carrier class Ethernet switch supporting SNMP to a cost optimized industrial Ethernet switch with an embedded web GUI and from a SDH multiplexer to a WDM mobile front-haul system. A key part of the AimOS is a flexible hardware abstraction layer which allows the use of different hardware architectures, for example an architecture based on Broadcom® switching silicon or on Xilinx FPGAs.

AimOS versions

AimOS is available in different flavors, each tailored for a specific application. Each version has key features required for any carrier grade solution such as support for fail-safe software upgrades, hitless recovery and file system robustness. The software supports a modular hardware abstraction layer and contains components for fault correlation, performance monitoring, database handling, configuration, XML driven management interface code generation, SNMP management, web interface generation, command line interface, etc.  Code quality is ensured by using state of the art tooling, such as static code analyzers.

The following versions of AimOS are currently available:

AimOS generic

The generic version can be customized for different hardware platforms. This version supports features like a modular hardware abstraction layer, components for e.g. a POSIX compliant operating system abstraction, an XML driven management interface, support for SNMP, web interface, CLI and handling of hitless and fail-safe software upgrades.

AimOS Ethernet

This version of AimOS is customized for Ethernet switches based on the switch silicon SDK, for example the Broadcom® Robo, StrataConnect and StrataXGS switches. AimOS Ethernet has been tailored specifically for integration with Broadcom® SDK, enabling seamless Ethernet switch design. A license free binary version is available for evaluation.

AimOS Robo

AimValley has hardened and integrated RoboOS into AimOS resulting in a new version called AimOs Robo. Hardening was done by adding features like file system robustness and persistent logging. As a result AimOS Robo can now be used as a field grade switch management application for the Broadcom® Robo2 series switches without the need for an external CPU. A license free binary version is available for evaluation.

  • The file system robustness has been rigorously tested and proven to work: more than 20 000 cycles of power loss during file system writes were tested.
  • In 12% of the recoveries the additional hardening feature of AimValley prevented file system corruption resulting in 100% error free recoveries.
  • Without the hardening feature the system would not have recovered in more than 1 200 power losses.

AimOS services

Based on years of experience in developing telecom and datacom systems AimValley can help you with development based on the AimOS. Services range from consultancy during your architecture phase, porting the AimOS to your own hardware, designing your hardware up to full system development including production up until maintenance & support.

AimValley is a reliable partner with a strong track record in delivering as planned and within budget.

AimValley helps with evaluation and jump-start product development using various hardware platforms that are supported by the AimOS. As an example some of the Broadcom® Ethernet switch evaluation boards can be used with a license free binary evaluation version of the AimOS to quickly evaluate the AimOS and Broadcom® devices.

Our experienced engineering team with expertise in systems engineering, software, hardware and FPGA design  can support you with all steps in your product development. The Broadcom® experience of our teams is well known in the industry.