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Polarsys Interview Series – Thales’ Benoit Langlois talks about the Eclipse IWG

Chris Mayer
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With the IWG revealing their blog for activity this week, we talk to some of the key members behind the group for long-term safety-critical software tool chains. Benoit Langlois discusses Thales’s input

What were the reasons for Thales to join the Polarsys
Industry Working Group?

Eclipse is becoming more and more a platform of reference for
software development. The interest of the Polarsys IWG (Industry
Working Group) is to define, with key actors from industry, tool
vendors, and academics, a common, integrated and sustainable
technological platform for software-critical systems, which meets
the industry’s needs

Companies, such as Thales, can enrich this platform with their
own components and support their specific engineering processes,
for instance for system engineering. Under the umbrella of Eclipse,
Polarsys has an international visibility and the critical mass for
a large audience.

Why is it important for a company like Thales to rely on
tool chains which offer long term support?

Critical projects usually use up-to-date technology when they
start, but over the years, they need to upgrade their software
foundation and operational solutions without risks and costs. In
order to face software component obsolescence, very long term
support enables us to manage and master coherent baselines and
releases, while technology evolves.

How do you intend to participate in the working
group? 

Polarsys is a real opportunity to provide a software platform of
quality relevant for industry. Thales’s contribution in Polarsys is
identified at several levels. First, Thales will be part of the
steering committee, architecture and change control boards to
ensure that Polarsys is actually driven by industrial needs.
Moreover, Thales will provide necessary and valuable components
when required, but not yet provided by Eclipse and the Polarsys
platform.

What tool chains or open source components do you
use?

Eclipse represents a real value for Java and model-based
developments. The interest of Polarsys is to federate development
of shared components involved all over the software and system
engineering lifecycles and to prevent each company from the need to
reinvent the wheel.

What will be Thales’ contribution to the eclipse
community?

Thales is project lead of the EGF (Eclipse Generation Factories)
component under the EMFT project. Henceforth, instead of providing
individually new components, Thales is going one step further by
providing components which make sense with regard to the
technological Polarsys platform.

 

This article originally appeared in our sister publication

Eclipse Magazin
in Germany

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