MathWorks MATLAB and Simulink with Vortex OpenSplice DDS Tutorial

To coincide with the release of PrismTech’s Vortex OpenSplice 6.8, we have put together a series of videos to show how simple using Vortex OpenSplice DDS in MATLAB and Simulink is.

Presented by Paul Elder, these videos walk you through everything you’ll need to get up and running with Vortex: from installation, right through to building a model.

 

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Selects PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS for Remote Handling System

Stirling, UK – June 5, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that its OpenSplice™ DDS product suite had been selected by Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) to support its Remote Handling system.  OpenSplice DDS provides the scalability, Quality-of-Service and integration needed to support the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system that repairs and configures reactor components and instrumentation within a fusion research reactor.

CCFE, the United Kingdom’s national laboratory for fusion research, and one of the leading fusion research labs in the world, developed its Remote Handling system to perform maintenance-related activities within its thermo-nuclear fusion research reactor—an environment too hostile for engineers and technicians to perform these actions.

Culham Centre for Fusion Energy Remote Handling

“The Remote Handling system is a crucial component in our research efforts to develop fusion as a new source of clean energy, but it had outgrown the capabilities of our internal software control system,” said Robert Skilton, Control Systems and Software Engineer, CCFE.  “It’s a highly sophisticated system that requires a high performance, real-time data-sharing platform.  Not only does PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS meet these needs, but it also provides the necessary integration, scalability and flexibility to support this complex, distributed system.”

MASCOT 6 Culham Centre for Fusion EnergyCCFE’s Remote Handling is a fully remote system that includes robotic devices, advanced computers, virtual reality and closed circuit television systems, a variety of special tools, supervised from a multi-operator control room.  OpenSplice DDS is being specifically used by CCFE as part of its MASCOT 6 telemanipulator project.

“OpenSplice DDS is an optimal solution for the type of challenges we find in SCADA applications and in the energy sector in general,” said Andrew Foster, Product Marketing Manager, PrismTech.  “We work with a number of organizations in this sector and we understand the importance of delivering a real-time, standards-based data-sharing solution.  OpenSplice DDS provides the right mix of flexibility, scalability, security and Quality-of-Service in these distributed systems.”

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time systems.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

Further information about PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS is available from the website at: http://www.prismtech.com/vortex/vortex-opensplice.

PrismTech Appoints Soft Service as new Japanese Distributor

Soft Service will distribute PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products within Japan

Boston, MA, USA – April 22, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in software platforms for distributed systems, today announced that it had appointed Soft Service as its new Japanese distributor and value added reseller.

Established in 1986 with headquarters in Fukuoka City and offices in Kanto, Kansai, Kitakyushu and Kofu, Soft Service has extensive experience in selling distributed middleware technologies and real-time operating systems (RTOS) in market sectors including: manufacturing / production management and control systems, embedded systems, image processing systems, networks, business solutions, health and long-term care systems.  Soft Service includes global leaders such as Panasonic, Mitsubishi Electric, NTT DoCoMo and Nippon Steel amongst its client base.

Under the distribution agreement announced today, Soft Service will distribute and support PrismTech’s market leading OpenSplice™ Data Distribution Service (DDS) and Spectra™ Software Defined Radio (SDR) products within Japan.

OpenSplice DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time systems.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

Spectra is a leading SDR and Software Communications Architecture (SCA) solution that includes: Spectra CX (a model-driven development tool that greatly simplifies, accelerates, and validates the SDR/SCA development process), Spectra CF (a high performance, ultra low footprint, COTS SCA Core Framework), Spectra CDB (a fully integrated and optimized SDR middleware stack running across a wide range of GPP, DSP and FPGA elements), and Spectra DTP (a wideband, high performance, baseband and Radio Frequency SDR Development and Test platform).

“PrismTech has a track record throughout the world for developing advanced software technologies that can support the real-time situational awareness, control and interoperability requirements of many different projects.  By offering a combination of PrismTech’s trusted products and excellent technical support from Soft Service’s experienced team, our partnership will lead to a ‘Win-Win-Win’ for Japanese customers,” said Akira Nomiyama, CEO, Soft Service.

“The Japanese economy produces around 10 per cent of global GDP and so represents a great potential market for our OpenSplice DDS and Spectra SDR products,” added Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “Soft Service has extensive expertise in middleware and embedded systems in our key target markets and I’m sure that they will be a perfect fit for us within Japan.”

Further information about Soft Service is available from their Japanese website at: http://www.soft-service.co.jp

PrismTech Announces Release of Open Source OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4

Latest version of the most advanced and complete Data Distribution Service (DDS) middleware implementation now available to the Open Source community

Boston, MA, USA, March 20, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced the latest v6.4 update to the OpenSplice™ Community Edition. This update will provide access to the latest version of OpenSplice along with several innovations that improve usability, productivity and performance.

OpenSplice is the most advanced and complete Open Source implementation of the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard and represents the state-of-the-art in real-time data sharing. It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance and portability (platform support). If you have a time-sensitive distributed application or a system that requires reliable and deterministic data-sharing, then OpenSplice v6.4 should be at the top of your list of enabling technologies.

Whether users are developing systems for mil/aero, simulation, smart energy, mobile healthcare, transportation, industrial applications (e.g. Real-time Machine to Machine (M2M)) or Internet connectivity, then OpenSplice v6.4 (with its extensive set of configurable Qualities of Service) is a key system enabler.  In the latest OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4 all of this is available to the user community as an LGPLv3 Open Source distribution.

The latest OpenSplice Community Edition features:

  • Significant performance improvements both in terms of latency as well as throughput making OpenSplice DDS v6.4 the fastest DDS implementation on the market.
  • TCP/IP support for the DDSI2 networking service, enabling data sharing with a TCP/IP endpoint, for example an application running in a Cloud-based datacenter.
  • The first GA implementation of the new DDS ISO C++ PSM (API) available on the market. The new C++ API greatly reduces the complexity of developing DDS applications, and improves efficiency and safety.

In addition, numerous other updates and improvements have been made to the code base since the previous v6.3 release including bug fixes and robustness improvements.

PrismTech also provides a comprehensive set of add-ons and world class commercial support for users where their business or mission-critical projects require guaranteed service levels.  The aligned code-base between the community and commercial editions allows for a seamless transition for the community to a fully supported release.

The OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4 is available for download from PrismTech’s website at: http://www.prismtech.com/dds-community/software-downloads.

OpenSplice Community v6.4 Release

I’m delighted to announce that OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4 is now available to the Open Source Community. The new release is the most up-to-date OpenSplice Community Edition and is based on the OpenSplice Enterprise v6.4 code base.

The new release is in keeping with our revised Open Source policy that OpenSplice Community Edition releases will closely follow OpenSplice Enterprise Edition releases, providing the Open Source Community with access to the latest and greatest OpenSplice code base.

OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4 includes the following new features:

  • Significant performance improvements both in terms of latency as well as throughput making OpenSplice DDS v6.4 the fastest DDS implementation on the market (with end-to-end latencies over a gigabit Ethernet as low as 42 microseconds)
  • TCP/IP support for the DDSI2 networking service, enabling data sharing with a TCP/IP endpoint, for example an application running in a Cloud-based datacenter.
  • The first GA implementation of the new DDS ISO C++ PSM (API) available on the market. The new C++ API greatly reduces the complexity of developing DDS applications, and improves efficiency and safety.

In addition, numerous other updates and improvements have been made to the code base since the previous v6.3 release. These include performance and footprint improvements, bug fixes and robustness improvements.

For questions about OpenSplice Community Edition, please read our FAQ at: http://www.prismtech.com/opensplice/opensplice-dds-community/frequently-asked-questions

Open Source OpenSplice Community Edition v6.4 downloads are now available from: http://www.prismtech.com/opensplice/opensplice-dds-community/software-downloads

We believe that the latest version of OpenSplice Community Edition is the best Open Source infrastructure for data sharing in complex and large scale distributed systems. Please have fun trying it out and let us know your feedback!

PrismTech Supports Teledyne Brown Engineering on the Objective Simulation Framework

PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS selected to provide high performance, real-time data sharing capabilities for the Objective Simulation Framework

Boston, MA, USA – March 17, 2014 – PrismTech™, a global leader in standards-based, performance-critical middleware, today announced that its data sharing software will be incorporated in the Objective Simulation Framework (OSF) which is being developed by Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Missile Defense Agency (MDA).

Teledyne Brown Engineering is the Prime Contractor for the development, implementation and maintenance of the OSF, the backbone of the next-generation missile defense hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL) and digital modeling and simulation architecture.  Specifically, the OSF is a single-inclusive, modular, scalable, reconfigurable, and composable framework for integrating multiple-instanced systems and system-level models and simulations (M&S), with each instance composed and executed independently or in an integrated and interoperable manner.

The OSF will provide the MDA with a flexible M&S architecture configurable to support all applications, including Performance Assessment (PA), Ground Test (GT), Element Integration (EI), Exercises (EX), Training (TR), Wargames (WG), and Concept Analysis (CA).

PrismTech’s OpenSplice™ DDS is the leading (commercial and Open Source) implementation of the Object Management Group™’s (OMG™) Data Distribution Service (DDS) for Real-Time Systems standard.  OpenSplice DDS has been designed to optimally address the real-time information distribution and management challenges posed by high performance real-time simulations.  It sets new levels of performance, robustness, scalability, fault-tolerance, portability (platform support) and interoperability for standard’s based middleware.

OpenSplice DDS enables the OSF to easily share data in real-time between any combination of Live, Virtual and Constructive (LVC) elements in a system and in doing so helps users to realize the savings and performance benefits that can be achieved by using the framework.

“PrismTech is delighted by Teledyne Brown’s selection of OpenSplice DDS for the OSF project,” said Keith Steele, CEO, PrismTech.  “We are extremely pleased that our continued efforts in developing the best in class technology for ubiquitous, high-performance, scalable and real-time data sharing is helping users meet the demanding requirements for the next generation of M&S systems.”

OpenSplice DDS in Coordinated Multirobot Missions for Lunar Sample Collection

PrismTech recently announced that NASA had selected OpenSplice DDS to help make Star Trek inspired Holodeck Technologies a reality. Following on from this I would like to highlight in my blog another space related project which is using OpenSplice DDS called IMPERA (integrated mission planning using heterogeneous robots).

The main goal of IMPERA is the development of a multirobot planning and execution architecture with a focus on a lunar sample collection scenario in an unknown environment. For future lunar and other planetary missions, autonomy is mandatory. Current NASA missions deal mainly with the exploration of the Mars surface and the analysis of the surface consistency. The systems Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity work as individual systems. Looking toward the future, it is a subsequent step to set up infrastructure and scientific components on Mars or on the moon. This infrastructure can consist of small stations measuring environmental conditions, units that are used to provide drill cores for subsurface analysis, or units for communication and energy supply.

Building infrastructure and interacting with infrastructure during a planetary mission calls for multirobot systems and coordination between multiple systems, each system having dedicated sensors and roles during a mission. If robots need to cooperate in a multirobot context, it is important to know how such a team of robots can exchange their knowledge about the world in terms of a world model, how to generate a mission plan, and how to execute a plan using robots with different abilities and configurations.

For the IMPERA project PrismTech’s OpenSplice DDS implementation of the Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems standard was chosen as the communcations middleware. OpenSplice DDS is ideally suited for the IMPERA project as it is based on the loosely coupled publish subscribe paradignm and provides extensive quality of service (QoS) options such as automatic reconnection and data buffering in the case of communication loss. The DDS communication middleware helps to ensure that each robot has the same knowledge about the internal status of each individual robot.

For further details about the IMPERA project, a Journal of Field Robotics paper titled “Towards Coordinated Multirobot Missions for Lunar Sample Collection in an Unknown Environment” authored by Markus Eich, Ronny Hartanto, Sebastian Kasperski, Sankaranarayanan Natarajan, and Johannes Wollenberg of DFKI, Robotics Innovation Center, Bremen, Germany is Now Available.