Real-Time Innovations, Inc. (RTI), and Object Computing, Inc. (OCI), today announced that they have formed a strategic partnership to deliver integrated support for the two most widely adopted real-time middleware technologies, the Object Management Group’s (OMG’s) Common Object Request Broker Architecture (CORBA standard) and Data Distribution Service (DDS) standards. The partnership encompasses distribution, support, engineering services and technology integration.
RTI, the leading supplier of DDS-compliant middleware, is now distributing OCI’s open-source CORBA solutions and engineering services. This provides those using both DDS and CORBA with a single point of contact for sales, support, training, consulting and custom engineering. Now customers can easily take advantage of OCI’s expertise in CORBA together with RTI’s expertise in DDS. RTI is distributing both The ACE ORB (TAO), an open-source Real-Time CORBA (RT CORBA) implementation for applications written in C++ and JacORB, an open source CORBA implementation for Java applications.
RTI has integrated its DDS-compliant RTI Data Distribution Service (formerly named NDDS) with TAO and JacORB integration will be available soon. By supporting a data representation compatible with TAO and JacORB, RTI allows DDS and CORBA applications to share the same data. Traditionally, without this level of integration, developers had to write code to convert data between the formats their CORBA and DDS implementations used. The RTI solution accelerates a user’s time-to-market by eliminating the need for data translation.
RTI and OCI will also be collaborating on additional technical capabilities to facilitate the concurrent use of CORBA and DDS.
“The partnership between RTI and OCI, leaders in standardization at Object Management Group (OMG), provides customers with a completely open architecture-communications middleware solution for real-time and embedded systems,” said Dr. Richard Soley, chairman and CEO of the OMG. “Standardized middleware is a major infrastructure component of many commercial and government projects. The choice of standards-based products rather than proprietary solutions is key to increasing the ROI of complex applications.”
“What is best for our clients is always best for us and we have always been about providing choice for our clients,” commented Dr. Ebrahim Moshiri, CEO of OCI. “With RTI we can offer them more options, integrated support and an increasingly integrated product set.”
“Partnering with OCI was an obvious choice for RTI,” added Dr. Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI. “We already have many customers using RTI products with TAO and JacORB. By working with OCI, we can provide these and future customers with even higher levels of support and integration.”
About CORBA and DDS
CORBA and DDS are complementary middleware standards. The CORBA standard is widely used to distribute processing across multiple computers. CORBA is based on client/server architecture and is best suited to applications in which one software component (the server) is supplying a service to one or more other components (clients). The newer DDS standard is used to share data across multiple computers. DDS is based on the publish/subscribe architecture and is best suited to applications in which one or more data sources (publishers) need to communicate information to one or more data users (subscribers).
Many applications have requirements to distribute both processing and data, and therefore they have adopted CORBA and DDS together. As a result, both standards are part of the U.S. Navy’s Open Architecture Common Operating Environment (OACE) platform.
An advantage of CORBA and DDS is their ability to support highly heterogeneous and scalable systems. This makes them well suited for large, multi-vendor projects and for integrating applications that have to run on diverse hardware, ranging from servers to embedded systems. Some of the capabilities shared by DDS and CORBA include:
- Broad operating system support
- Broad hardware support, including both enterprise and embedded systems
- Integrated real-time capabilities
- Support for multiple programming languages
Pricing & Availability
RTI DDS and OCI TAO are available today from RTI for Windows, Linux, Solaris, Wind River Systems VxWorks, LynuxWorks LynxOS and Green Hills Software INTEGRITY operating systems. OCI JacORB is available today from RTI for Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems. RTI integration with TAO is available today. RTI integration with JacORB will be generally available in third quarter 2006.
Development licenses for RTI DDS begin at $49,600 USD and include three developer licenses, two days of training, and one year of maintenance and support. The open-source TAO and JacORB are always provided free of charge.
Object Computing, Inc. (OCI), headquartered in St. Louis, with offices in Phoenix, is a privately held software engineering company. OCI was founded in 1993 with a commitment to object oriented technology and knowledge transfer. OCI was an early innovator in providing commercial grade services for high performance open source products. Today OCI provides its services and mission critical infrastructure software to progressive corporations across the United States, Europe and Asia, mostly in the Aerospace, Finance, Healthcare and Telecommunication/media market segments. OCI has the most extensive object technology, C++, Java and XML training curricula in the mid West. OCI was one of the first Sun Authorized Java Centers and is a member of the OMG. For more information visit http://www.ociweb.com.
Real-Time Innovations (RTI) supplies middleware and distributed data management solutions for real-time systems. With innovative technology and deep expertise in distributed applications, RTI provides an unequaled competitive advantage to customers developing systems that benefit from high-performance access to time-critical data. RTI solutions have been deployed in a broad range of applications including command and control, intelligence, surveillance, data fusion, simulation, industrial control, air traffic control, railway management, roadway traffic monitoring and multimedia communications. Founded in 1991, RTI is privately held and headquartered in Santa Clara, CA. For more information, please visit www.rti.com.
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