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Aonix launches HIP for real-time, mission-critical apps

Posted: 20 Oct 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:aonix? uml profile? hip? ameos? uml modeling environment?

Aonix, a provider of complete safety- and mission-critical solutions, released a high-integrity UML profile (HIP) for real-time, mission-critical applications.

The new high-integrity profile, an extension to the Ameos UML and MDA modeling environment, is target language independent and provides tested real-time implementations of frequently used patterns for real-time communication and distributed development derived from the Object Management Group's UML Profile for Schedulability, Performance and Time Specification.

According to Aonix, HIP eases development of distributed applications using Java tasks and remote method invocation (RMI) by predefined stereotypes. To meet the needs of developers, HIP communication patterns are based on ARINC-653, a standard for asynchronous communication of separate processes or threads developed by Aeronautical Communication Company (ARINC).

"HIP delivers proven communication patterns to the real-time market," commented Michael Benkel, Aonix's Director for Product Marketing. "By using HIP, developers apply UML models of their application that are much easier to read and therefore easier to implement and maintain. The evolution from model to target-specific code is handled by a powerful transformation engine, so the development process is truncated significantly."

Through the UML 2.0 Profile Editor of Ameos, HIP allows stereotypes and properties to be defined and assigned to model elements of the UML metamodel, ensuring that profiles are well designed, documented and easy to use for the entire project team. HIP taps into the Ameos transformation engine which uses model-driven architecture to increase the model's level of abstraction and reduce dependency on the target platform, the company explained. Through special transformation rules, HIP maps the UML models to real-time Java code, which is RTSJ compliant and can be executed on PERC, Aonix's Java real-time virtual machine.

HIP is based on the profiles and generators developed within a project funded by the European Union, a project concerned with the specification and implementation of a real-time Java tool chain that includes a real-time JVM, modeling tools and model verification tools.

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