Webinar: Success with Model-Driven Development for DO-178B Projects

LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 23 August, 2011 – IBM Chief Evangelist Bruce Powel Douglass will explain how to successfully use a model-based engineering approach to develop safety critical systems during a free webinar next month.

The hour-long webinar, “Success with Model-Driven Development for DO-178B Projects,” will be held on Wednesday, 7 September at 11 a.m. PT/ 2 p.m. ET/ 18:00 GMT. To register, visit http://www.computer.org/webinars/09072011.

Douglass has more than 30 years experience designing safety-critical real-time applications in a variety of hard real-time environments. The recipient of a doctorate in neurocybernetics, Douglass is a well-known writer, teacher, and consultant specializing in systems engineering and real-time and embedded systems development.

Moderated by Chris Ruoff, IEEE Computer Society senior manager for sales and channel development, the webinar will focus on implementation issues associated with using a model-based engineering approach to develop safety critical systems that meet the RTCA’s DO-178B standard. It is intended for software and system architects and engineers, technical leads, quality assurance engineers, and program managers involved with DO-178B certified projects.

As software takes on increasing responsibility in safety-critical avionics systems, engineers must develop increasingly complex software-centric applications. Many companies want the productivity, economic, and technical benefits of model-driven development, yet worry that the DO-178B standard is notoriously expensive and challenging to economically implement.

The Rational Aerospace integrated tool environment can help engineering teams achieve both their economic and technical goals. Based on the Rational Best Practices Library, the Integrated Software Development Process for DO-178B (ISDP-178) incorporates best practices for model-based software development in addition to the standard software engineering disciplines of quality assurance configuration management.

These practices provide guidance for engineers performing these tasks with dynamic links to the DO-178B standard, checklists, task descriptions, and other forms of guidance. These task definitions support automatic enactment in the Jazz-based platform of the Rational Aerospace Solution, enabling simple assignment, tracking, and dashboard-based project governance. Together, the tooling, practice definition, and process enactment provide a powerful environment for realizing the benefits of model-based development.

About the IEEE Computer Society

With nearly 85,000 members, the IEEE Computer Society is the world’s leading organization of computing professionals. Founded in 1946, and the largest of IEEE’s 38 societies, the Computer Society is dedicated to advancing the theory and application of computer and information-processing technology. The Society serves the information and career-development needs of today’s computing researchers and practitioners with technical journals, magazines, conferences, books, conference publications, certifications, and online courses. For more information, visit http://www.computer.org.

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