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A new architectural framework for embedded devices on the quickly growing Internet of Things has been released by Intel with its McAfee and Wind River subsidiaries. 

The Intelligent Systems Framework (ISF) aims to facilitate easier coordinated use of multiple Atom, Core and Xeon processors in distributed embedded systems. ISF works with all the serial and parallel programing tools Intel already offers, plus adds numerous enhancements to virtualization, trusted execution and remote-management specifically supporting machine-to-machine (M2M) interactions among devices on the Internet of Things.

Industry researcher IDC predicts that by 2015, a third of all connected systems will be intelligent, representing a $2 trillion market. By the end of the decade, analysts predict trillions of embedded devices will be addressable over the Internet, offering incredible business opportunities. The Intelligent Systems Framework, in cooperation with McAfee security and Wind River real time support, aims to provide a standardized and scalable way to grow the Internet of Things.

Cloud services will extract the ultimate value from the Internet of Things by deriving value from data captured at every step in the system—from sensors to gateways to cloud. 

“The Internet of Things will be a 15 billion unit marketplace by 2015,” said Tom Moore, vice president of embedded sales for McAfee. “And all these devices have a requirement for security in them. By working with Intel we have put our security technology into this Framework which provides a recipe book for developers who are building devices for the Internet of Things.”

McAfee’s security solutions, for instance, can be implemented on each device in a system by using a recipe provided to developers, as a part of Intelligent Systems Framework, from which designers can pick and choose the components they need, including McAfee’s ePolicy Orchestrator Deep Command, which is enabled by Intel’s vPro and Active Management Technology.

What Wind River brings to the Intelligent Systems Framework is a realtime software development environment for applications using M2M communications. As billions of Internet of Things devices communicate using realtime operating systems, such as the embedded LInux from Wind River, their security, interoperability and manageability can all organized with the Intelligent Systems Framework, which now dovetails with Wind River’s own Embedded Development Kit for M2M Smart Services.

Since embedded systems typically do the bulk of their communications M2M, interoperable solutions are a necessity, so that connecting, managing and securing individual devices can be performed in a way that is consistent and which can grow to any size necessary. The Intelligent Systems Framework aims to provide an easy way to achieve this integration across the multiple cores, multiple processors and multiple systems.

Posted on October 19, 2012 by R. Colin Johnson, Geeknet Contributing Editor