Exploring the Role of Blockchain in Industrial IoT Systems (Part 1)

We're almost halfway into 2018 and blockchain is approaching the Gartner Hype Cycle's "trough of disillusionment". While that sounds ominous, I’m not convinced of its imminent descent since "blockchain" continues to garner a lot of press coverage. For many, blockchain is a technology hammer in search of a market nail. I'm sure you've heard or read about blockchain and wondered if it is relevant to your systems. We've wondered about this too and decided to spin up our research group to dig into it a bit deeper.

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Introducing RTI Labs and Connector for Connext DDS with Python

This week we are thrilled to announce RTI Labs, a free program that provides our customers with early access to new technology we are developing for the Industrial IoT. We are calling them experimental projects. Customers who take advantage of RTI Labs have the opportunity to leverage next-generation technology and influence our product roadmap by providing feedback on the experimental features. It’s a win-win situation!

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Rapid Data Transformations Are Moments Away!

When I started college, everybody was talking about “Information Technology.” At that point I had been programming for quite a while and it wasn’t clear to me what coding had to do with that fancy terminology. After a few more years of coding, I realized the connection: all I do, day in and day out, is move bytes (information) from one memory location to another. Copying the contents of a struct into the socket buffer and sending it out; getting the bytes from the socket buffer and deserializing them into a structure to pass them to the application logic. Well, that’s part of what communication middleware does for you!

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How PNNL and RTI Built a Secure Industrial Control System with Connext DDS

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is located in the beautiful wine country region of Washington state. Their cyber-security research team and I just pulled off a flawless demo for a new secure solution for interconnecting commercial devices and applications used in the electrical power grid. The amount of effort it took was quite intense.

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Free as in freedom or free beer? ... how about: gratis to use, build and research!

When I was in college (Was it that long ago?), I was able to download free (or super inexpensive) software suites. I once bought MATLAB and LabVIEW - with the signal processing and communications toolbox! - for less than $150. These were not only valuable as education tools, but also, once I became proficient, as skills on my resume and then as skills in programs I worked on. Being able to use a robust software package proved to be invaluable. Being able to use one that enables communication between disparate heterogeneous systems and applications could be a game changer once you enter the workforce or are faced with large-scale system and data challenges.

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