What’s new in computing standards

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Standards Board has approved the start of three computer-related standards projects. The two new standards concern practices for high level architecture and electronic affidavits. The third will revise an existing application support standard for POSIX.

One of the new standards projects, IEEE P1516.3, ‘Recommended Practice for High Level Architecture (HLA) Federation Development and Execution Process (FEDEP),’ will give the HLA user community a definition of the processes and procedures to use in developing and executing federations. It will provide a higher-level framework into which low-level management and systems engineering practices native to HLA users can be integrated and tailored for specific uses.

The other new standard, IEEE P1602, ‘Standard for Electronic Affidavits,’ will be the first openly defined, independent standard for interfacing and performing reads and writes to portable electronic affidavits. It will include information on requirements, protocols, applications and operating procedures so electronic affidavits can be easily transferred and electronically accessed and executed.

The standard to be revised, IEEE P1003.13, ‘Information Technology – Standardized Application Environment Profile – POSIX Realtime and Embedded Application Support (AEP),’ will unify recent industry experience on embedded/realtime-kernels with various non-standard variants for all proposed profiles and their underlying interfaces. Application environment profiles to be defined include a large one for full-function realtime systems, a small one for embedded control systems, and one or more of intermediate size.