PolarSys is an Eclipse Industry Working Group created by large industry players and by tools providers to collaborate on the creation and support of Open Source tools for the development of embedded systems.
Domains such as aerospace, defense and security, energy, health care, telecommunications, transportation must meet several requirements.
- Open Innovation: Ensuring the highest levels of productivity, reliability, safety, service, and performance implies a continuous effort of research and development in software tools.
- Computer Assistance and Automation: The numerous and complex operations required to develop and maintain industrial systems imply a high level of automation based on software tools.
- Certification (e.g. DO178, ISO26262, ECSS 40, etc.): The development of safety-critical and embedded systems must comply with strict regulations impacting both the final product and the development process and tools used to build them.
- Very Long Term Support: The tool chain needs to remain operational for the life cycle of the products; many industries need more than 10 years, and some need up to 80 years.
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- Providing collaborative means between end user companies
- Organizing sustainable commercial services and ecosystems around open source components
- Fostering of exchanges between academics and industry partners
- Managing the quality and maturity of tools and components from early research prototypes through obsolescence
- Providing the documents and qualification kits required for certification
- Recognizing project maturity and company know-how and commitment through a branding process
- Compiling , debugging, tracing
- Application Lifecycle Management process and tools – configuration management, change management, issue tracking, requirement management, project reporting
- Test and verification frameworks and tools targeting embedded software methods, static analysis, simulation, and early validation Embedded components (RTOS, runtime, middleware, etc.)
- SoC (System on Chip) simulation and hardware logic (VHDL, SystemC, etc.)