HIPPEROS: The Perfect Chip Song (voice-over)

Another brilliant QUIDOS animation by Francois Grimonprez. This one, for HIPPEROS, “High Performance Parallel Embedded Real-time Operating Systems”. I always appreciate when I get to be part of these explainer videos.

The script (translated from French):

A long time ago, a computer was a large box on daddy’s desk with lots of cables and a screen

Today, computers are all around us.
Some have screens, and you know them well …

… and then, there are all the others!

Computer chips are embedded in electronic devices all around us, and they account for a large majority of “computers”
In the past, computer chips, the processors also called cores, were slow and cold
Then they became smaller, thus faster but also much hotter!

Then even smaller, and faster, and even hotter and hotter!

And of course … there is a limit! (paf)

To go beyond than limit, we need team work: multi-processor or multi-core systems

It woks quite well when you do many simple things, without too many constraints

But during rush hour, when you need to do many complex things under deadlines, things can get messy and unreliable

Unless …

Some music creates a perfect and predictable rhythm and all tasks are so perfectly synchronized

Than no one ever misses a deadline and the team is fast and efficient

HIPPEROS has created “The Perfect Chip Song” for embedded systems


In the past, embedded electronics was dumb and not always reliable

Today, we want our embedded systems to be smart and totally safe

This is a love story about to start …

we will need a lot of trust …

and total safety and reliability!

In 2006, three researchers at ULB realized that future embedded and real-time systems required new mathematical proofs, new hardware platforms and new software architectures.

They combined their expertise to design HIPPEROS:

High Performance Parallel Embedded Real-time Operating Systems

… the performer of “The Perfect Chip Song”

Real-time Scheduling
Scalable Resource Sharing
Efficient IPC
Parallel Kernel Architecture

HIPPEROS is the “best-of-breed” RTOS for high performance & high reliability industrial applications

For a better and safer future!

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