A U.S. simulation center will evaluate a Spanish framework for live, virtual and constructive simulations with an eye toward fitting the technology into U.S. products.
The Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center will analyze SimWare, developed by Nextel Aerospace Defence & Security (NADS) to provide a framework for large real-time distributed simulations. VMASC will compare SimWare to other products on the market and benchmark it in terms of factors such as speed and scalability, said Saikou Diallo, NADS’ main contact point at VMASC.
“Once we’ve identified the benchmarks, we would work with them on using their product with different U.S. systems,” Diallo said.
Improvements that VMASC makes to the product will be fed back to NADS to allow it to integrate them into future iterations of its product.
The center is also testing middleware from other companies.
NADS calls SimWare the first commercial product available worldwide that can fulfill modern requirements for seamless LVC interoperability and simulation systems with plug-and-play architecture. The company says it scales well and complies with the requirements of IEEE High Level Architecture and the new Object Management Group Data Distribution Service for real-time systems.
“We develop COTS software that aims to avoid the gaps and pains that you have with current systems,” said Jose-Maria Lopez-Rodriguez, NADS’ vice-president of business development.
The Madrid-based NADS currently works with the Spanish Ministry of Defense on battle labs and with the country’s shipbuilders on simulations of naval combat systems.
Based at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VMASC specializes in defense-related interoperability architecture and seeks to advance simulation technologies. The center works with the U.S. military to develop concepts, investigate software architecture and prototype “systems of systems” for joint LVC efforts.