We've been aggregating data from smart devices in factories for 10 years. Ethernet is the dominate protocol, but only for non-time critical (non-deterministic) uses. The problem is always the protocol for information exchange (not talking about TCP/IP but at the app level), OPC tried to address it in a general way, XML gose a long way too, but none get rid of custom programming. Until there is a generally accepted way of communicating INFORMATION (not just the bits and bytes) this will be a hard thing to get a grip on. Not to mention most plant managers couldn't give a fig about the technology, SHIP PRODUCT!
NASA's Orion Flight Software Production Systems Manager Darrel G. Raines joins Planet Analog Editor Steve Taranovich and Embedded.com Editor Max Maxfield to talk about embedded flight software used in Orion Spacecraft, part of NASA's Mars mission. Live radio show and live chat. Get your questions ready.
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