25 Sep 2013

EC invests millions of Euros to boost critical systems safety

European Commission-supported project - The Distributed MILS for Dependable Information and Communication Infrastructures (D-MILS) - is to invest nearly €4 million to develop a scalable architecture that automates the verification of critical distributed systems and promises to boost system dependability.

The project is being managed by IT standards and certifications body, The Open Group, and aims to deliver a supplier-independent architecture that will include newly designed components that promise added predictability and reliability crucial to critical distributed applications.

The project will also deliver new tools to increase improve productivity, system verification costs, and lower costs for maintenance.

Since there is little automated support for early assurance that a system faithfully implements its architectural design and satisfies its requirements, qualification testing and certification processes often reveal deficiencies that require costly late changes.

However, MILS provides compositional system construction and assurance, leveraging individually developed and assured components to predict and assure the properties of composite systems.

By providing a modular high-assurance platform and a framework for the certification of systems built on that platform. MILS reduces the cost and time for development, certification, and maintenance of dependable systems.

According to David Lounsbury, Chief Technical Officer, The Open Group, the project will support systems architects, developers, integrators, operators, and particularly the organizations and people that depend on for critical systems, by providing greater assurance that many of the sources of errors that lead to added cost and dangerous failures of critical systems are eliminated.

“The development results will mark the first time we will have an industry application architecture that can seamlessly span multiple computer systems with scalable deterministic operation," he says. "This will enable more complex systems to be developed for critical applications that must meet rigorous requirements for security and dependability”.

Critical applications for the project include Automotive and Aerospace, as well as emerging domains such as Cloud Computing and Big Data analytics.

The D-MILS consortium includes: Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Université Joseph Fourier, RWTH Aachen University and University of York.

Key suppliers of technologies for the project include LynuxWorks, TTTech, Frequentis and fortiss.

The D-MILS project will address key technology areas including: High-level specifications in declarative languages; Top-to-Bottom automated support for architecture, design, and implementation artifacts; End-to-End from concept through deployment; Configurability of distribution; Compositional verification of dependability and security properties; and Integrated Assurance for Compositional System Certification.

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