Why LabVIEW DDS Software Binding is a Big Deal

In Last week’s blog we wrote about Native Python API – one of the latest’s feature included in our Vortex DDS v2.5 Release (download an evaluation of the software here). This week we turn our attention to another key feature of the latest Vortex DDS release – National Instruments LabVIEW™ software.

What is National Instruments LabVIEW™ software?

Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW) is a system-design platform and development environment for a visual programming language from National Instruments. LabVIEW software is commonly used for data acquisition, instrument control, and industrial automation which makes it extensively used within Avionics, Comms, Radar, Automotive and Oil & Gas applications.

LabVIEW software provides rapid prototyping and scalability through data driven programming, whereby:

  • Blocks (pieces of code) are “functions” or logic statements, while loops
  • A block is executed as soon as all its inputs are available
  • All blocks with their inputs available at the same time will be run in parallel

Why LabVIEW software DDS Binding is a big deal 

Vortex OpenSplice provides fast, secure and interoperable data communications infrastructure for LabVIEW software. It can be used to distribute real-time data between LabVIEW Virtual Instruments as well as between LabVIEW software and other applications, such as those written in C, C++, C#, Java and Python. It allows you to reliably scale systems to hundreds or even thousands of applications, distributed across local and wide-area networks.

LabVIEW applications can communicate via a publish / subscribe model. Automatic discovery matches publishers and subscribers, routing data accordingly. This significantly reduces the amount of custom code required to support system communications.

It is possible to create DDS applications using graphical drag and drop blocks in LabVIEW software allowing creation of complex systems without coding. DDS applications made with the Vortex OpenSplice LabVIEW VI package can seamlessly communicate with C, C++, C#, Java and Python applications developed using Vortex OpenSplice DDS. In addition, because Vortex OpenSplice complies with the DDS standard, LabVIEW applications based on this toolkit can interoperate with applications developed using any DDS implementation that complies with the DDS-RTPS wire interoperability protocol.

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What benefits will LabVIEW bring?

  • Seamless Integration between LabVIEW software and other applications implemented in C, C++, C#, Java, Python
  • Scalable peer-to-peer data communication
  • Dynamic peer discovery
  • Robust security with authentication, encryption, and per-topic access control
  • Ability to fine-tune application behavior, without coding. through Quality of Service parameters
  • Windows and Linux OS support

Vortex DDS already the leading (commercial and open source) implementation of the Data-Distribution Service standard continues to improve it’s offering to the market, highlighted by the above benefits of the new LabVIEW feature.

To find out more download the full whitepaper here

Vortex DDS Release Featuring Native Python API

ADLINK recently announced the release of Vortex DDS v2.5 which includes many significant new features (download an evaluation of the software here). One of the key features in this new release of our market leading (commercial and open source) Data-Distribution implementation is a Native Python API. This blog will take you through an explanation of what Python is, its benefits and why a Python DDS Binding really is a big deal.

What is Python?

Python Software Foundation’s Python™ is an interpreted high-level programming language for general purpose programming. Created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991, Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability and a syntax that allows programmers to express concepts in fewer lines of code, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales.

Python is consistently near the top of any list of most popular programming languages and in 2018 is expected to be the second most in demand by employers after Java.  The popularity of Python looks set to continue well in to the future as the ability for rapid prototyping is ideal for machine learning which is an area of intense development.

The Significance of Python DDS Binding

Vortex OpenSplice provides fast, secure and interoperable data communications infrastructure. This can be used to distribute data between applications written in Python and those written in other languages such as C, C++, C# and Java, offering seamless integration.

Vortex OpenSplice enables you to reliably scale systems to hundreds or even thousands of applications, distributed across local and wide-area networks. This is especially useful when considering the scalability, rapid prototyping and machine learning that are the key benefits of using Python as a programming language.

What Benefits Will Python bring?

  • Seamless Integration between Python applications and other applications implemented in C, C++, C# and Java
  • Scalable peer-to-peer data communication
  • Dynamic peer discovery
  • Robust security with authentication, encryption, and per-topic access control
  • Ability to fine-tune application behavior, without coding through Quality of Service parameters
  • Available on the plethora of platforms that Vortex OpenSplice supports already given these offer support for the Python package itself as well.

Vortex DDS already the leading (commercial and open source) implementation of the Data-Distribution Service standard continues to improve it’s offering to the market, highlighted by the above benefits of the new Python feature.

To find out more download the full whitepaper here

 

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!