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Real-Time & Embedded Systems (RTES) Forum

Objective of Meeting

The objective of Tuesday’s sessions in the Real-Time & Embedded Systems (RTES) Forum was to recap the Mils™ API work, to introduce a proposal from the RTES Forum for Mils™ evaluation and certification support, and to take a look at the role of IT in allowing nations to be better prepared for natural or other disasters – all topics of relevance in the Dependability Through Assuredness™ landscape.


13:30 – 14:00: A Recap of the Mils™ API Standards Work (Rance DeLong, Chair Mils Work Group, and LynuxWorks)

Rance DeLong provided a recap of the work that The Open Group Mils™ API Work Group is doing to establish a standard Mils™ API. Some of the major Mils™ vendors, such as Green Hills Software, LynuxWorks, SYSGO, Wind River, and others, have come together to work on a standard API for the development of Mils™ trusted middleware and application components. Rance provided some of the background and rationale behind this effort and highlighted the scope and approach to decisions that the Work Group is making.

The presentation for this session can be found here.

14:00 – 15:00: Evaluation and Certification Scheme for Mils (Rance DeLong, Chair Mils Work Group, and LynuxWorks)

Rance DeLong discussed a proposal to develop a detailed technical and business plan for the establishment of a scheme to implement Mils™ component product evaluation and certification support for compositions of Mils™ components. This independent evaluation and certification program would be established and overseen by The Open Group, which would serve as the Scheme’s certifying body.

The presentation for this session can be found here.

15:30 – 16:30: Critical IT for Managing Mega-Disasters (Jane W.S. Liu, Institute of Information Science, Academia Sinica, Taiwan)

Jane W.S. Liu provided an excellent and timely talk on the role of technology and information in preparedness, prediction and warning, response, and recovery to help lower the impact of natural or other disasters. She talked about the impressive research she and her colleagues have undertaken at the National Taiwan University in showing the importance of sensors and data: collection, filtering, and analyses to more effectively react to and diminish the impact of natural disasters.

The presentation for this session can be found here.

16:30 – 17:00: Discussion – Potential Areas of Collaboration (All)

There was a good discussion about how we can continue the dialog with Jain Liu and their research team and what a good fit this type of application is for a global organization like The Open Group and the RTES Forum to build market adoption globally for such a valuable program.


Outputs are reflected in Presentations and Next Steps – please refer to the sections above and below.

Next Steps

The Mils™ API Work Group will continue their periodic conference calls and web conferences to progress the APIs for a Mils™ minimal runtime architecture. If you are interested in joining the Mils™ API Work Group, please contact The RTES Forum will be progressing the Independent Evaluation and Certification Scheme over the next several months.

Joe Bergmann will be working with Jane Liu to see how we can collaborate on expanding her disaster preparedness work to a global audience for awareness and requirements through the RTES Forum and other of The Open Group’s liaison organizations.


See above.

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