Advanced Techniques and Models of System Production in a Heterogeneous, Extensible and Rigorous Environment


ATMOSPHERE - 2565

Keywords system engineering, technology transfer


Start Date: 01-MAR-89 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

ATMOSPHERE aims to develop standardised facilities to support system engineering activities. These facilities will comprise a framework and integrated tools and services that will form a basis for the development of application-specific integrated system engineering environments. These environments will in turn be constructed from integrated tool-sets hosted on the framework, and will provide engineering management functions as well as the system engineering functions relevant to the application domain.

ATMOSPHERE is targeted to support system engineering for applications in IT covering switching, manufacturing, office and embedded systems.

A standards-based approach will be followed throughout. Existing standards (industrial, national and international) will be adopted in the development of the ATMOSPHERE framework, tools, services and interfaces, though it is expected that these standards will be adapted, through exploitation and marketing activities, to enable them to encompass a wider range of interrelated technologies.

Progress and Results

The definition phase of ATMOSPHERE has produced a study of system engineering that takes the literature and the current state of practice within the members of the consortium into account. This study attempted to define a common system engineering model suitable for a wide range of application domains. A complementary study was carried out to define a rationale for the various methods and tools proposed for use within ATMOSPHERE. In addition, the definition phase of ATHMOSPHERE has concluded that there are two complementary approaches to environment integration:

The development phase of ATMOSPHERE is being organised in such a way that it starts from the current state of practice, within the partners' organisations, of automated support for the system engineering process (in terms of system engineering tools and methods as well as integration approaches) in order to progressively consolidate and standardise:

Exploitation

The project provided and demonstrated a standard framework for European tool and platform vendors and the most complete environment available for application systems procedures. Industrial partners have used the results to develop internally their system integration platforms. The project also contributed to the deployment and validation of Process Weaver, the process development platform distributed by CapGemini Sogeti worldwide. Three books on system engineering, tool integration and method integration have been published by John Wiley & Sons and give a good overview of the results achieved in the project.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Jean-Louis Grangé
CAP GEMINI INNO
86-90 rue Thiers
F - 92513 BOULOGNE BILLANCOURT
tel: + 33/ 1-49105100
fax: + 33/ 1-49100538

Participants

CAP GEMINI INNOVATION - F - C
BULL SA - F - P
SIEMENS-NIXDORF
INFORMATIONSSYSTEME AG (SNI) - D - P
NEDERLANDSE PHILIPS BEDRIJVEN BV - NL - P
SIEMENS AG - D - P
BULL ITALIA SPA - I - A
SERC - NL - A
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE - UK - A
UNIVERSITÄT DORTMUND - D - A
UNIVERSITÄT PADERBORN - D - A
TELESOFT AB - S - A
SFGL - F - A
SEMA GROUP PLC - UK - A
NOKIA HEAD OFFICE - SF - A
INTECS SISTEMI SPA - I - A
GIE-EMERAUDE - F - A
GENERICS SOFTWARE LTD - IRL - A
GEI - D - A
COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES CO LTD - GR - A


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ATMOSPHERE - 2565, December 1993


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