The RT top-level project at Eclipse was created in 2008 (charter, creation review) as a means of bringing together various runtime related efforts and technologies at Eclipse. RT is designed to foster, promote and house runtime efforts in Eclipse . It is part of a larger EclipseRT Community move to drive Equinox-base technology across a broad range of computing environments and problem domains. These efforts strive towards the common goal of providing a uniform component model across a wide variety of computing environments. The Equinox framework and OSGi form the basis of this infrastructure.
RT projects target "clients" and "servers" across embedded devices, desktops, and enterprise systems, and provide those intermediate software services which enable applications to be more easily and concisely constructed across these environments. This supports and extends the Equinox vision of a consistent programming and component model where developers create application domain code that runs on a variety of platforms.
By providing a consistent symmetric architecture, Eclipse RT technology enables developers to focus on the business problem at hand and still have many system architecture options available at deployment time.
As a top-level project, RT is overseen by a Project Management Committee (PMC). Most of the real work however, is done in sub-projects. The RT Project Charter describes the organization of the project, roles and responsibilities of the participants, and top level development process for the projects.
Looking to find out more about RT and runtime technology at eclipse.org? The easiest way is to try it out. See the general EclipseRT Technology Getting Started Guide for how tutorials and webinars on how to work with the runtime technology at eclipse.org.
If you want to get involved, find out more, ask questions, report bugs, get (or contribute :-) code, check out the RT newsgroup or the newsgroups and mailing lists for the various RT projects.