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MÄK’s web technologies enable migration to a service-oriented architecture

In case you missed it, here’s a recent customer win highlighting the Air Force’s choice to go with MÄK’s interoperability tools - enjoy!

The US Air Force chose several MÄK interoperability products for the Air Force Modeling and Simulation Training Toolkit (AFMSTT) program, including the new MÄK WebLVC Server, VR-Exchange, and MÄK Data Logger.

Based on the Air Force’s Air Warfare Simulation (AWSIM) model, the AFMSTT system enables training of senior commanders and staff for joint air warfare and operations. MÄK’s tools will be used to help migrate the AFMSTT system to a service-oriented architecture based on High Level Architecture (HLA) interoperability and web technologies. The program uses MÄK’s WebLVC Server to help monitor, control, and interact with core AWSIM and AFMSTT components through lightweight, thin clients running in a browser.

The MÄK WebLVC Server enables web-based applications to interoperate with traditional modeling and simulation exercises known as federations. "Many M&S programs are starting to see the benefits of new web technologies such as WebSockets and WebGL in developing thin clients that are powerful, yet lightweight and accessible anywhere," said Len Granowetter, Vice President of Engineering at VT MÄK.

The VR-Exchange interoperability portal will be used to bridge the AFMSTT suite, and external federations such as the Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability - Multi-resolution Federation (JLCCTC MRF), and the Joint Live Virtual and Constructive (JLVC) federation. VR-Exchange can perform many-to-many translations among various Run Time Infrastructure (RTI) implementations, HLA Object models, and interoperability architectures - and can be extended through the development of custom "brokers" to support additional protocols. It has been used on numerous programs to achieve Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) integration and Simulation-to-Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) interoperability. Under the AFMSTT program, MÄK is adding support for the JLCCTC MRF Federation Object Model (FOM) and support for time management across HLA federations.

"We are proud to have the AFMSTT program as ’launch customers’ for our new WebLVC Server product. MÄK has been working hard to leverage these technologies in a way that is consistent with the needs of the M&S community," said Granowetter.

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