NATO - ANEP-50
NATO INDUSTRIAL ADVISORY GROUP NIAG SG-52 SHIPBOARD OPEN SYSTEM ENVIRONMENT
|Publication Date:||1 April 1996|
Based on prior studies, AC/141(IEG/5) has concluded that the goal of intra-ship Combat System compatibility and interoperability will be enhanced significantly by establishing standards for:
The interface between the application functions and the supporting infrastructure of the Combat System. Application functions, whether manually or automatically performed, are dependent on the mission and operating context of the host Combat System. The functions of the infrastructure (such as computation, interconnection, and display) which are necessary to support the application functions, are generic to all Combat Systems.
Common definitions of the information processed by the Combat System. The compatibility of the application functions of a Combat System depend critically on common understanding and definition of the information passed between them.
These standards will capitalize on recent developments in computer system technology, such as the Common Operating Environment (COE) and Open System Environment (OSE) concepts, to establish a Shipboard Open Systems Environment (SOSE) which will allow the development of application functions which are mutually compatible and independent of the Combat System infrastructure.
Use of the Shipboard Open System Environment for intra-ship Combat System design will offer substantial benefits:
Improved combat function compatibility and interoperability, streamlined system integration, and transportability of function implementations between Combat Systems.
Simplification of Combat System specification, design, and integration, without placing unacceptable constraints on individual ship projects.
The full benefits of these standards will not be realized, however, unless suitable specifications are developed and in place prior to introducing the improved technology into NATO and National ship system projects.
For this reason a NATO Industrial Advisory Group Sub Group 52 (NIAG/SG-52) has been tasked to conduct a set of pre-feasibility studies on three major areas:
a) The preparation and definition of a NATO catalogue of operational data that is communicated between equipments, sub-systems, and systems installed in a Naval platform. The catalogue is to consider all transfer of digital, analogue, and voice communications and the data rates between such systems. The NATO catalogue will be prepared in the form of a NATO ANEP.
b) The preparation of guidelines and standards for the specification of the above operational data. This document will be drafted in the form of a NATO ANEP.
c) The preparation of a specification for interface standards that are applicable to the Naval shipboard combat system. The Shipboard Open Systems Environment (SOSE) interface standards will describe the services (and, where applicable, the protocols) available at the interface between the application function and the generic application platform/infrastruct
All three of these study areas have been addressed by a single NIAG/SG-52 team, guaranteeing maximum consistency between the different aspects of the work and the outputs produced.
This ANEP relates specifically to item 3 above. It provides a definition of the SOSE interface and a discussion of the technologies and standards, both available now, and those which are expected to be prominent in the near future.