DDS at the Tactical Edge

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The Department of Defense’s (DoD) next generation “Third Offset” initiative will target promising technology areas, including robotics, autonomous systems, miniaturization, and big data, whilst also seeking to improve the military’s collaboration with innovative private sector enterprises.

The latest innovations in real-time data-centric network edge computing based on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard will be key to delivering on some of the key priorities.

A key DoD objective is to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing. The aim is to move from a state of duplication, cumbersome and costly application siloes to a much more cost effective and agile service environment that can rapidly respond to changing mission requirements. Cloud computing can enhance battlefield mobility through device and location independence while providing on-demand secure global access to mission data and enterprise services.

Whilst cloud computing carries data back to a central server for storage and analysis with resultant issues in bandwidth capacity, connectivity and latency common to hostile environments; new fog computing and Tactical Cloudlet technologies enable real-time analytics and other functions to be performed at the tactical edge of a network, right at the data source – for example soldiers on the battlefield. This will help enable smart autonomous systems to send, receive and process information when and where it is needed, so ensuring speedier and optimal mission-critical decision making.

Tactical Cloudlets are a means to make cloud services and processing available to mobile users by offloading computation to servers deployed on platforms closer to the users. Cloudlets leverage capabilities such as automatic discovery and VM based provisioning, combined with peer-to-peer communications. Tactical Cloudlets, fog and edge computing will impact the way that the defense community builds the next generation of C4SIR and related military simulation systems.

PrismTech’s Vortex is a proven DDS standards-based technology for efficient, ubiquitous, interoperable, secure and platform independent data sharing across network connected devices. Vortex naturally fits with the fog computing and Tactical Cloudlet paradigm and is the only fog-ready data-sharing infrastructure capable of meeting the needs of defense and aerospace companies – connecting soldiers, unmanned machines, devices and commanders in the field with the intelligence community, and helping to improve decision-making.

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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.”