The open modular platforms that Pigeon Point supports with management components are open because they are defined by industry-maintained standards or specifications. Informally, these two terms are interchangeable. Formally, in the U.S., at least, a standard can only be produced by an organization that is formally approved for that role by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). PICMG has not sought such approval and its open architecture definitions are specifications. VITA has that approval, so its architecture definitions can formally be referenced as standards. Generically, both groups produce specifications.
Pigeon Point is actively involved (often as a leader) in the specification development activities of both PICM and VITA. As a complementary activity, Pigeon Point is also involved in interoperability testing efforts associated with both organizations. PICMG and VITA are the two primary specification development organizations with which Pigeon Point collaborates.
PIGEON POINT LEADERSHIP IN PICMG SPECIFICATIONS AND INTEROPERABILITY
Pigeon Point is widely recognized as a leader and expert in the management aspects for all major PICMG architectures, including AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, and MicroTCA. This expertise translates for our customers into management controllers that are fully compliant and interoperable, as confirmed in dozens of PICMG-organized interoperability workshops since 2002.
Contributions by Pigeon Point to the AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC and µTCA specifications include:
Active Pigeon Point participation in PICMG interoperability workshops helps mature specifications and ensure Pigeon Point compliance; key workshop aspects:
PIGEON POINT LEADERSHIP IN ANSI/VITA 46.11 STANDARD DEVELOPMENT AND INTEROPERABILITY
Pigeon Point is recognized as a leader and expert in ANSI/VITA 46.11 and the management aspects of AdvancedTCA, which was the chosen model for VITA 46.11. This expertise translates for our customers into management controllers that are fully compliant and interoperable, as confirmed in dozens of PICMG-organized interoperability workshops since 2002. Pigeon Point is now a leader in helping to map that decade plus of interoperability workshop experience into VITA-organized interoperability workshops for VITA 46.11, with the first one held successfully in 2014.
Contributions by Pigeon Point to the AdvancedTCA and associated specifications, as well as to the ANSI/VITA 46.11 standard include:
Active Pigeon Point participation in PICMG interoperability workshops helped mature PICMG specifications and ensure Pigeon Point product compliance; key workshop aspects:
Extensive Pigeon Point experience with PICMG interoperability testing was applied to establish similar testing for VITA 46.11. Pigeon Point provided guidance and leadership in the VITA 46.11 Working Group for this process. Pigeon Point proposed that PICMG test scenarios be adapted for VITA 46.11 and arranged with PICMG for VITA access to those plans. Six of nine test scenarios approved for the successful 2014 VITA 46.11 workshop were mapped or developed by Pigeon Point.
SPECIFICATION DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATIONS
PICMG, the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group, is a consortium of over 450 companies who collaboratively develop open specifications for high performance telecommunications and industrial computing applications. The members of the consortium have a long history of developing leading edge products for these industries. PICMG specifications include the recent and on-going AdvancedTCA, AdvancedMC, µTCA specification families, as well as new variants of the CompactPCI and system host board architectures that leverage high speed serial interconnects, such as PCI Express.
Pigeon Point participates in the management related aspects of most PICMG subcommittees.
VITA is an incorporated, non-profit organization of vendors and users having a common market interest in real-time, modular embedded computing systems. The VITA Standards Organization (VSO), the standards development arm of VITA, is accredited as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) developer and a submitter of Industry Trade Agreements to the IEC. VITA provides members with the ability to develop and to promote open technology standards.
VITA members have worked together to define and develop key computer bus, board, and system specifications such as VMEbus, PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC), VXS, VPX, FMC and much more. Since VITA's inception in 1984, VITA working groups developed specifications and standards important to designers of critical embedded systems around the world. Systems from medical imaging to space launch control, semiconductor processing to defense systems, have depended on products based on VITA technologies.
Pigeon Point is a member of VITA and participates especially actively in the VITA 46.11 Working Group.
The Service Availability Forum™ is a consortium of industry-leading communications and computing companies working together to develop and publish high availability and management software interface specifications that help enable high service availability. The SA Forum then promotes and facilitates specification adoption by the industry.
One key specification produced by the SA Forum covers the Hardware Platform Interface (HPI), which separates the hardware from management middleware and makes each independent of the other. The SA Forum also defines the HPI-to-AdvancedTCA Mapping specification, which details how HPI maps to PICMG's AdvancedTCA specification. By standardizing how the two specs should be implemented together, the mapping specification gives developers a standard method to access functionality in specifications, thereby saving companies time, money and resources.
Pigeon Point participates primarily in the Hardware Platform Interface Working Group.