PrismTech Announces Global Launch of OpenSplice DDS v6

OpenSplice DDS v6 introduces major innovations to help customers realize the full potential of DDS while reducing project risk and cost

Boston, MA, USA — November 02, 2011 — PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that the Global Launch of OpenSplice™ DDS v6 will be on November 3 2011.

OpenSplice DDS v6 is a major leap forward in Data Distribution Service (DDS) software.  It is the first DDS product that introduces configurable support for both library-based and shared memory clustered deployment options providing customers with unparalleled architectural flexibility and control over performance, scalability and fault tolerance.  This means that users can simply select the option that best suits their system – when they best know the characteristics of their system – so greatly reducing project risk and ultimately cost.

OpenSplice DDS v6 also includes further major innovations:

  • Multiple programming paradigms e.g. Pub/Sub, Distributed Object Caches and Client/Server,
  • Universal connectivity to over 80 communication technologies via the new OpenSplice DDS Gateway,
  • New productivity and run time tools.

One of the first customers to benefit from OpenSplice DDS v6 has been the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) who have been using it for a major upgrade to the control system at the massive Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Dam project.  Grand Coulee is the largest power plant in North America, fifth largest in the world, with a total generating capacity of 6,809 megawatts via four different power houses containing 33 hydroelectric generators.

Dave Brown, Chief Architect of the Generic Data Acquisition and Control System (GDACS) for the US Army Hydroelectric Design Center, commented “Around two years ago we selected DDS as the real-time publish/subscribe messaging middleware for the dam upgrade program, convinced that it was the right technology for our needs.  OpenSplice DDS met all our rigorous performance and acceptance criteria.  We went with the library based version of OpenSplice DDS v6 because of our need for an application solution that is simple to deploy.  The Grand Coulee Hydroelectric Dam project uses about 150 computers which makes ease of deployment very important to us.  Although we do not currently use the shared memory deployment model in our architecture we are encouraged in knowing that OpenSplice DDS v6 provides a stable, uniquely switchable shared memory option should we desire to change our architecture characteristics.”

“To sum up: PrismTech provided us with a toolkit product – not consulting; their people listened, understood our unique application needs and supplied us with a DDS product solution that enabled us to deliver a state-of-the-art distributed control system.”

Andrew Lloyd SVP OpenSplice DDS commented “The release of OpenSplice DDS v6 is further evidence of PrismTech listening to its customers needs and responding with great innovations.  OpenSplice DDS remains the most flexible, complete, and widely used (commercial and open source), implementation of the Data Distribution Service (DDS).”

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