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VT MAK Announces Support for HLA Evolved

Upcoming Releases of VR-Link & MAK RTI Will Offer Full Support
for New High Level Architecture (HLA) Standard

London, May, 18, 2010 ― VT MAK, (MAK), a company of VT Systems Inc (VT Systems), today announced support for the HLA Evolved simulation networking standard in the upcoming releases of the company’s distributed simulation tools VR-Link and the MAK RTI. HLA Evolved is the latest version of the HLA Standard (IEEE-1516.2010). The new version of HLA Evolved offers a number of improvements; the most significant is the incorporation of the SISO Dynamic Link Compatible API that allows users to switch RTI’s (Run-Time Infrastructure) without making any changes to their simulations (also known as a federates). Other important features include Modular Federation Object Models (FOM), Update Rate Reduction, improvements to Reliability and Connectivity, and other changes that make using HLA easier.

MAK RTI 4.0 will include libraries for all versions of the HLA standard, including HLA 1.3, HLA 1516 and HLA Evolved. The product will also maintain wire compatibility among all versions of the HLA standard, meaning users can connect all federates into the same exercise with no special adapters or bridges. Support for HLA Evolved in other MAK products will follow shortly with supported versions of the MAK Data Logger and VR-Exchange released later this year.

Customers who are currently subscribers of maintenance support services will be entitled to HLA Evolved updates at no additional cost. “Some HLA Evolved features are so valuable that we wanted to provide a way for customers to take advantage of them quickly and easily, without porting all their legacy federates to the HLA Evolved API. For example, HLA Evolved's Modular FOMS can make large scale federation development cheaper. That is why since version 3.2, the MAK RTI has allowed customers to use the Modular FOM as well as other HLA Evolved features, like Update Rate Reduction, with only a few simple changes of their configuration files.  This, combined with wire compatibility, makes it easy for customers to combine legacy federates and new HLA Evolved federates in a single federation while taking advantage of most of the new features offered by HLA Evolved.”

~ Jim KOGLER
Product Manager, Link Products, VT MAK

“We know that our customers rely on us, not only to keep up with evolving standards, but to drive their evolution. We were one of the leading contributors to the HLA standards development effort at SISO, and we are proud to now support HLA Evolved in our products.”

~ Len GRANOWETTER
Vice President, Product Division, VT MAK

Pricing and Availability

VR-Link and the MAK RTI 4.0 will be available in July 2010. For more pricing or additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

MAK will be participating at ITEC 2010 (Booth #G140) to be held in London from 18 ‑ 20 May 2010.

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VT MAK, a company of VT Systems, develops software to link, simulate and visualize the virtual world. MAK creates tools and toolkits for distributed simulations, develops PC-based military tactical and operational trainers, crafts custom solutions, and researches and develops the latest simulation technologies. The company builds commercial off the shelf simulation software that is flexible, portable and supported. MAK puts its distributed simulation expertise in each of its interoperable products, from the VR-Link networking toolkit, to VR-Forces, MAK’s computer generated forces toolkit. MAK’s worldwide customers include ITT Industries, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Thales, Tenix, Dassault, and BAE. Please visit www.mak.com.

VT Systems is a diversified company providing solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems products and services include aircraft inspection, maintenance and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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