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Aerospace & Defense


Wind River Helps Keep More than 300 Million Passengers Safe on 1.5 Million 787 Dreamliner Flights

Wind River software platform safely partitions applications from more than a dozen suppliers

The Wind River software platform serves as Boeing 787’s central nervous system, allowing applications of different safety certification levels to run reliably on a single shared compute platform.


When it began development of the 787 Dreamliner, Boeing knew it needed to develop an FAA-certifiable, commercial, partitioned operating system to reduce the cost, size, power consumption, and weight of its innovative long-haul, wide-body, twin-engine commercial carrier. The goal was to asynchronously integrate multiple applications from multiple suppliers at multiple levels of safety, security, and reliability—a level of complexity never before attempted in commercial avionics.


The Wind River® software platform serves as the central nervous system for the 787 Dreamliner, allowing applications of different safety certification levels to run reliably on a single shared computer platform. The suppliers that contributed to the 787 Common Core System software platform saved time and money in developing, integrating, testing, and deploying the applications that now power the world’s most widely deployed commercial airliner.


In December 2018, Boeing delivered the 787th instantiation of its game-changing passenger aircraft. The 787 Dreamliner is now in use by 45 different international carriers, making it one of the best-selling commercial airliners in aviation history. The aircraft’s Common Core System, developed by GE Aviation using the Wind River software platform, now integrates dozens of different applications at varying levels of safety, security, and reliability.