Industry Initiatives

A number of industry initiatives are making a substantial investment to adopt the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) standard and related technologies as part of a move toward a predictable, model-based systems engineering practice.

Initiative Name Description of Initiative Description of Project
ARTIST/ARTIST2 Network of Excellence on Embedded Systems Design Sponsored the International UML/AADL workshop series
ASSERT Group funded by the European Commission (EC) Engaged in a study of a proof-based engineering approach; carrying out pilot projects on requirements from existing (ATV, Proteus) and for future missions (Aurora and GMES)
AVSI (pdf, 667 kb) Aerospace Vehicle Systems Institute Approach uses the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL). Initial proof of concept prototype of a 3 tier model of an aircraft was completed in less than 2 months. AVSI is adopting the SEI architecture-centric, model-based approach to improve software-reliant aircraft system development and certification. In Dec. 2008, the AVSI executive board approved a $40M 3-4 year project based on a successful proof of concept demonstration using the SEI AADL toolset.
COTRE Avionics group led by Airbus in France Chose AADL for its ability to combine static and dynamic architecture description in a single model, reducing the number of models to be valdiated
ESA European Space Agency Chose AADL in a study of satellite architecture, as part of an effort to reduce the system time-to-market and operational cost through proof-based engineering from a validated system family architecture
SPICES Support for Predictable Integration of mission Critical Embedded Systems Focuses on a model-based approach for mission-critical embedded systems, with AADL as a key technology to model the runtime architecture
TOPCASED The Toolkit In OPen source for Critical Applications & SystEms Development Aims to provide a tool chain infrastructure for embedded systems engineering, including AADL