Harris & Jeffries’ New Architecture Streamlines Network Software Integration

LEAPTMArchitecture Assures “Out-of-the-Box” Integration of Protocol Software with Operating Systems and Chipsets; Sun Microsystems Using LEAP with Its ChorusOS

DEDHAM, Mass., January 19, 1999 — Harris & Jeffries, Inc. (H&J) announced today a software architecture designed to substantially reduce the time and complexity required to develop advanced networking equipment by formalizing the interfaces between networking software and other system resources.

Historically, manufacturers have had to integrate each individual software component with each system resource, and re-integrate when new or different resources were added during a product’s development. Harris & Jeffries' new Layered Environment for Accelerated PortabilityTM (LEAPTM) architecture reduces development cycles by providing a common environment through which protocol software interfaces to other system resources, specifically operating systems and silicon chipsets.

H&J expects its LEAP innovation to reduce communications software integration up to 50 percent in some cases. It does so by providing a single porting file that is both shareable and reusable by all H&J software components — thus eliminating the time, complexity, cost and error potential typically associated with creating a porting file for each subsystem and each component. In addition, the LEAP architecture provides these integration benefits while preserving the industry-leading performance of H&J’s products.

The company said that LEAP capabilities are now available for its entire suite of "carrier-class" asynchronous transfer mode, frame relay and redundancy software systems, and will be available for all future H&J products. Current H&J customers can continue to use their existing software, and migrate to LEAP architecture as they upgrade software or add new subsystems.

"This is a massive labor-saving innovation and a true competitive advantage for network equipment suppliers who adopt it," Ethan Harris, president of H&J, commented. The LEAP approach reduces to hours, from days or even weeks, the time it takes to get networking software subsystems up and running in a new environment. LEAP’s open interface can easily be adopted by complementary equipment suppliers to develop H&J-compatible products to allow these equipment suppliers to sell into H&J’s large established customer base.

Sun Using LEAP

Sun Microsystems, Inc. is working with H&J to integrate LEAP with its ChorusOSTM real-time operating system. "H&J is the market leader in networking software. Since H&J’s architecture is designed to improve both time-to-market and life-cycle management of new networking products, its compatibility with Sun products can add strategic value for Chorus customers," said Jim Hebert, General Manager, Embedded Systems Software, Sun Consumer and Embedded.

New Standard For Fast TTM, Customization

The LEAP architecture is flexible enough to enable developers to optimize the supplied porting files to create a customized integration. At one level, it provides automatic mapping of OS calls to the application programming interfaces (APIs) of a real-time operating system (RTOS) to enable rapid integration of H&J software with other system resources. Concurrently, it enables highly specific customization and optimization of calls and services to be performed when maximum efficiency is desired. These capabilities can reduce software start-up time to just hours if desired, and facilitate ongoing functional upgrading of network equipment products during their market life cycles.

"We believe LEAP will help define a new standard for fast time-to-market and easy product updating," Mr. Harris commented.

Key to the LEAP architecture is the creation of a single OS-specific porting domain shareable and reusable by all H&J software. This eliminates the need for multiple porting files and accelerates the integration effort. The architecture insulates H&J software from the environment in which it resides. This isolation results in well-defined points of integration with other systems resources, including OS and target hardware. This modularity enables swift integration and optimization, and complete compatibility, for both new and existing H&J software users.

Release 1.0 is available now for all H&J software that supports Wind River Systems’ VxWorks and Microsoft’s NT operating systems.

LEAP capability is included with every H&J software subsystem at no additional cost. Pricing of subsystems ranges from $20,000 to $110,000 per product, per development license, depending on configuration. H&J will incorporate the LEAP architecture in all its future software products as well.

Additional information about Layered Environment for Accelerated Portability will be available at the Harris & Jeffries exhibit at the ComNet Exposition (Booth #138) in Washington, DC, January 25-28, 1999.

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