OMG Receives Systems Modeling Language (SysML) Specification for Review

11/21/2005 - On November 14th, the SysML Submission Team (SST), chaired by Sanford Friedenthal of Lockheed Martin Corp, submitted its proposed SysML specification to the Object Management Group (OMG) for review. The SysML v 0.98 specification submission is in response to the joint Request for Proposal issued by the OMG and the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) for a customized version of UML 2.0 designed to address the specific needs of system engineers. With the submission of the specification, the SysML language will enter the OMGs final standardization process.

The completion of the SSTs SysML v0.98 specification is the result of unprecedented co-operation between some of the foremost tool vendors, leading industry users, government agencies and professional organizations. Leading vendors, including ARTiSAN Software Tools, I-Logix, EmbeddedPlus Engineering, International Business Machines, Mentor Graphics, and Sparx Systems, closely collaborated to create the specification. Other stakeholders, including American Systems Corporation, BAE SYSTEMS, The Boeing Company, THALES, EADS Astrium, Eurostep Group, Lockheed Martin Corporation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Dienstleistungen fr innovative Informatik, and Raytheon Company, added their own expertise to the specification effort, making it the most comprehensive, collaborative standards definition effort to date.

SysML is a new visual modeling language that extends UML 2.0 in order to support the specification, analysis, design, verification and validation of complex systems that include components for hardware, software, data, personnel, procedures, and facilities. SysML reuses a subset of UML 2.0 diagrams and augments them with some new diagrams and constructs appropriate for systems modeling. SysML is designed to complement UML 2.0, so systems engineers who are specifying a system with SysML can collaborate efficiently with software engineers who are defining a system with UML 2.0.

"Our active participation in the SysML Submission team in parallel with our prototyping of SysML, leads us to believe SysML has a bright future as a standard system engineering modeling language and as a means of bridging the communications gap between systems and software engineers" said EmbeddedPlus Director of Product Development, Cory Bialowas.

EmbeddedPlus will release a beta version of its product supporting SysML, including the ability to execute UML/SysML models, before the end of November.

About EmbeddedPlus Engineering
EmbeddedPlus Engineering, LLC provides products and services that transition companies to advanced technologies and techniques based on industry standards such as UML, SysML, Eclipse, DO-178B and CORBA. Other capabilities include tool integration, modeling/simulation solutions and Eclipse-based development. An official Qualified Service Provider in the Object Management Group MDA Fast Start program, EmbeddedPlus is also a partner with The Boeing Company in the Department of Defense Mentor-Protg Program.

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