In the knowledge age increased cooperation and collaboration among enterprises during the product lifecycle is a global demand. In line with this MAPPER has contributed towards the vision for European manufacturing that will soon be based onagile manufacturing companies which could inexpensively form collaborative networks and quickly adapt to market demands.The MAPPER solution consists of four components:
MAPPER results, enterprises are assisted in transformation into dynamically networked organisations. Through integrating, holistic views of the joint enterprise, today’s friction and process losses can be lowered. This will result in more effective operations, innovative designs, and increased business opportunities. The MAPPER approach seeks to extend Europe's competitive advantage, such as the agility, skills and competence of the workforce.
The aim of VOSTER was to collect, analyse and synthesize the results from leading European research projects on Virtual Organisation (VO), i.e. geographically distributed, functionally and culturally diverse, dynamic and agile organisational entities linked through ICT.The major scientific and technological results of VOSTER include:
The E-COLLEG major result constitutes the advanced collaborative infrastructure (ACI) for distance spanning, secure tool integration and management, as well as open interfaces for XML-based data exchange. ACI combines secure peer-to-peer data transfer with XML-based tool integration. The infrastructure has been tested with applications in the field of Electronic Design Automation (EDA). It supports engineers in their Internet-based collaboration during the design of complex electronic systems.
The collaborative infrastructure comprises three major innovative elements, namely: TRMS – Tool Registration and Management Services, ANTS - Advanced Network Transfer Services and XML-based technique for integration of remote tools.
Tool Registration and Management Servicesenable distance-spanning tool integration. Once registered, tools provide their service for distributed design teams. Advanced service discovery technologies connect to the most appropriate service with respect to optimal availability within the current configuration of the virtual engineering network.
ANTS - Advanced Network Transfer Services whichprovide an abstract data transport mechanism through reliable Request/Response functionality that are mapped to actual transport mechanisms, i.e., SOAP/HTPP or just TCP/IP. They allow to establish collaboration over the firewalls and introduce an abstract addressing schema that allows having unique addresses for each network node.
A newXML-based technique for integration of remote toolswith XML formats which provide the semantics of the communication layers in ACI.
ACI has been deployed in two realistic industrial scenarios yielding valuable results and recommendations. In the first scenario Thales Optronique S.A. (Paris) has collaborated with Institute of Electron Technology (Warsaw) on IP-based methodology for electronic system design. ITE, Warsaw, played a role of an IP provider to Thales Optronique S.A., Paris. A distributed workflow has been defined that realizes this design methodology. In the second scenario Infineon Technologies collaborated with SUT on collaborative development of testbenches for VHDL models.
The BENEFIT project was a concerted action of the COPERNICUS programme that had a mission topromote and stimulate European collaboration among research groups from Central and East European (CEE) countries and those from the European Union in microelectronics. BENEFIT organised a number of fruitful events, being specialized workshops, summer schools or specific to Benefit - Special Days on Pan-European Cooperation that above all aimed at fostering collaboration in R&D. The whole spectrum of organised events has been gathered on this page. The technical actions of BENEFIT covered topics in design methodologies of microelectronics and signal processing.
BENEFIT has drawn our attention on a new emerging engineering paradigm, namely Internet-based collaborative engineering. The project enabled also gathering of requirements for collaborative engineering infrastructures which later created a foundation for the E-Colleg project.