RTI extends publish-subscribe DDS from Mil/Aero into commercial mainstream

February 14, 2012

Bernard Cole-February 14, 2012

Sunnyvale, Ca. – Real-Time Innovations Inc. today announced the RTI Connext family of products for connecting real-time applications across an enterprise, dramatically expanding its market for publish-subscribe messaging capabilities to include the commercial sector in addition to defense and aerospace.

According to Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI, the RTI Connext set of publish-subscribe (P-S) Data Distribution Service (DDS) tools is being positioned as the first edge-to-enterprise real-time service oriented architecture (SOA) platform that directly addresses the high-performance messaging and integration needed by operational technology systems.

Among other things, the new offering is a bid to provide such a linkage between two groups and systems within large enterprises that seldom interact on a real time basis - operational technology (OT) and information technology (IT). RTI Connext is also designed to connect operational systems with the enterprise data center, thus enabling new business efficiencies, said Schneider.

Operational technology (OT) is physical equipment-oriented technology implemented and supported by engineering organizations, typical of many device and embedded systems designs. In any large enterprise, OT is usually done independent from the Information Technology (IT) groups who are involved in data management, including that generated by the embedded devices on the production line or within deployed systems, with little real time interaction between the two.

Schneider believes RTI is well positioned to provide such services because for more than 10 years, the company’s P-S-based DDS messaging software has been addressing the needs of mission-critical applications in the Aerospace and Defense industries, with over 350,000 licenses and 450 applications deployed.

Via the new Connext platform this same capability will now be targeted at applications in new markets in commercial industries, including industrial automation, finance, automotive and healthcare.

Centerpiece of the strategy is the RTI Connext suite (Figure below), which is designed to span platforms ranging from tiny embedded sensors to full-scale data-center servers. Key components in the family of tools are Connext Integrator, Messaging, Micro and DDS.

The Integrator component is designed to deliver rapid integration of operational systems with enterprise-wide IT without requiring modification to those systems. In essence, Integrator is a service bus, similar to an enterprise service bus (ESB) but designed for the demanding real-time environment. It provides the backbone of a real-time SOA.

The Messaging component provides a universal messaging infrastructure for ultra high-performance and real-time systems, including machine-to-machine (M2M) and human-machine interface (HMI) applications.

The Micro component is a small-footprint messaging solution for resource-constrained devices and high-assurance applications.

The final component, DDS, is the foundation of the new family, said Schneider, and is an extension of its current implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service specification, which has over 70 percent market share in high reliability aerospace and military designs.

While RTI will roll out most of the components in the RTI Connext family of products beginning in March 2012, the Connext DDS component is available now. To learn more, go to www.rti.com.

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