From Drones to Connected Cars – Code Generation for Safety-Critical Embedded Software

DLR-image007Developing an Internet of Things (IoT) enabled product is a complicated task, whether it’s an autonomous vehicle, a vehicle user interface like a car infotainment system, or a connected factory. IoT-enabled products contain hundreds, if not millions, of lines of embedded software code. And many of these products — and the systems and software that control them — are mission- or safety-critical. Therefore, developers must have confidence that the software code controlling these devices is 100% accurate and responds in the intended manner. Continue reading

Keys to Safety Critical Embedded Software Development Success

The Internet of Things and the abundance of smart applications have significantly increased the need for the safety critical embedded software that controls these devices. You’ve probably heard some of the following stats. Nearly 400,000 software and system engineers work in the oil and gas industry. In the energy and nuclear sectors, software-based instrumentation and controls have become state of the art. The aerospace industry has witnessed a 500 percent increase in source lines of code over the past decade. And, there are 10 million software lines of code in modern vehicles! Continue reading

Avionics System Engineering: A Complex Problem Demands an Advanced Solution

avionics system engineering cockpitAs one of today’s avionics system engineers, you have a difficult task —  integrating a diverse range of functionally complex components, provided by multiple suppliers, into a system that is reliable enough  to ensure consistent aircraft performance and passenger safety. You also need to understand and meet numerous regulatory operating systems and protocols, including ARINC 653, ARINC 429, CAN and ARINC 664. Continue reading

Virtual Systems Prototyping with Modelica in ANSYS Simplorer

Last summer, we shared with you some of the advances in ANSYS 16.2 as they related to virtual systems prototyping, including how you can optimize your product development process and improve collaboration among different departments and disciplines. I’m happy to let you know that we’ve continued to enhance our systems offering with the latest release of ANSYS Simplorer in ANSYS 17.0.

modelica logoI’m personally most excited about the native support for Modelica in this new version of ANSYS Simplorer. Why? ANSYS Simplorer users will be delighted to know that you can create and assemble models faster than ever using Modelica models. Native support for the Modelica language allows you to import Modelica models directly into Simplorer. New library components provide access to hundreds of additional mechanical and fluid component models for complex electrified systems. Continue reading

Ensuring Safety on the Rails

scade academicThe tragic derailing of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia points out just one of the challenges facing the modern railroad industry — safety. The industry also must contend with rising energy costs, fast growth of capacity requirements in emerging markets, increasing certification costs and interoperability requirements. Continue reading

Enabling Virtual System Prototyping with ANSYS Simplorer

simulation_graphicThe objective of simulation software is to inform design choices and provide validation results that include systems-level qualities, properties, characteristics, functions, behavior and performance insight. The simulation solution needs to go beyond the parts, or engineering disciplines of the design, and accurately describe the interacting effects of these parts as well as an accurate view into the detail of how these parts perform — essentially a virtual system. Continue reading

ASWC 2015 Draws Near!

After completing the first circuit of the globe, this year the Automotive Simulation World Congress (ASWC) 2015 returns to Detroit. The conference is now exactly two weeks away — to be held on June 2 and 3 — and I am really excited about it. If you haven’t registered and reserved your seat, please take a moment to register. You don’t want to miss this great event. And if you don’t know what it’s all about, read on for more information. Continue reading

Bringing Systems Engineering to Universities

systems engineering academic blogWith the increase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) in the skies, the rapid rise of robotics, and the development of embedded technologies and autonomous smart systems for the Internet of Things, small teams of engineers face bigger and bigger challenges. While it was once enough to be an expert in a single type of physics, these complex, interacting systems require modern engineers to have more knowledge of multiphysics, model-based systems engineering and embedded software than their predecessors.

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DO-178C – Aeronautics Industry Moves To New International Software Safety Regulation

Embedded software in today’s aircraft is becoming continually larger and more complex. For example, the volume of embedded software in the A300 was a few thousand lines and it is in the order of 100 million in the A380. Moreover, a sizeable part of this software is safety critical. Hence, delivering certified code is one of the critical path design elements that is growing in significance. Continue reading

2015 Automotive Simulation World Congress – Call for Presentations

ASWC 2014 presentation auto safetyWhat do Tesla Motors, BMW, Honda, Toyota, Ferrari, Denso, Panasonic, SL Corporation, Cummins, Tenneco, and Honeywell, have in common? Well, not only are they leaders in the automotive renaissance, but they all delivered presentations on leading-edge simulation at the 2014 Automotive Simulation World Congress. Continue reading