ACOSARs major goals are development of the ACI pre-standard ready for standardization and focussing on efficient integration of RT-Systems into simulation environments including novel interfacing functionalities and process oriented concepts.

ACOSARs main technological result is represented by the functionality enabling still not existing throughout continuous development processes, including:
  • Advanced Co-Simulation Interface (ACI) specification as a formal description (e.g. UML) of simulation tool interfaces, RT-System interfaces, the communication protocol and the Functional Framework defining the required application programming interfaces (API’s) to share information between subsystems including system requirements and system architectures for application.
  • Test Suite for proving conformance of ACI implementations for simulation tool interfaces, RT-System interfaces, the communication protocol and the functional framework consisting of implemented test suits and specific test examples.
  • Prototype simulation tool interfaces, RT-System interfaces, for communication system abstraction implementing specified ACI functionalities which are confirmed by developed test procedures.
  • Prototype converter module (FPGA) supporting ACI specifications confirmed and offering typical interfaces for fast physical system interfacing.

ACOSARs main process oriented outcome is represented by a process integrated and proved methodology for integration of RT-Systems into simulation environments. For systematic reduction of RT-system integration efforts, including:
  • Method for derivation of coupling configurations supported by MBSE. Based on a formal system description language (e.g. SysML) at every development stage system configurations can be automatically derived, a prototypical implementation generates coupling configurations based on a formal system representation.
  • Handbook ‘RT-System Integration Methodology’ giving a compact overview of development processes, requirements and interfaces, MBSE techniques for RT-System integration and concluding with design aspects for RT-System integration.
  • White Paper presenting a synthesis regarding the ACI application to industrial use-cases demonstrated prepared for supporting standardization advancements.

ACOSARs main sustainable outcome is the contribution to an existing and industry-wide accepted standard (FMI, ASAM, etc.). For example FMI is actually covering simulation the simulation domain only. ACI would extend FMI towards the real-time domain. Relevant components are:
  • Freely available ACI specification as well as comprehensive application guidelines, a Test Suite for checking ACI compliance of implementations and examples for first steps.
  • Establishing a community consisting of important players in related industries (OEMs, Tier1 and Tier2 Suppliers) to pursue ACI specification as a keystone for standardization activities – possible to enlarge.
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