Advancing the State of Technology

RTI is a global leader in industrial research focused on secure, real-time distributed communications. We are committed to the continuing advancement of our technology and products to meet the evolving needs of our customers and markets. RTI is proud to have a highly active and very successful research team that engages with defense, commercial industries and academia. We also maintain a strong academic and industrial research partner program that can provide free licenses that make RTI products available for internally-funded research. If you are interested in learning more about the active research projects taking place in our community, visit our RTI Community.


Research has always been the foundation of RTI. We have been conducting advanced industrial-focused research for the past two decades and these efforts are ongoing. Distinct from product development, the RTI research team focuses on maintaining a strategic lead in technology and mindshare for building software frameworks for smart machines and real-world systems. By exploring new market-relevant software solutions and providing insight into technologies, application areas and customer challenges, RTI maintains a world-class reputation for reliability.

With broad and deep technical expertise in distributed systems and cybersecurity, RTI works on the development of advanced capabilities, tools and proof-of-concept solutions that span markets – from defense and energy to transportation, medical, and beyond. RTI maintains a strong and well-funded research program, working in close partnership with numerous government agencies that include the Department of Defense (DoD), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and more.

RTI is exploring many challenging and exciting research topics, such as:

  • Machine Learning, AI / Deep Learning
  • Cybersecurity - DDS Security, TEEs, Multi-Level Security, Medical Device Security
  • Advanced Compression & Logging
  • Modeling and Simulation, Gaming Engine Integration
  • Networking - Wireless 4G/5G, Edge Computing, SDN, NFV, TSN
  • WAN Operation, Operational Monitoring
  • Scalability, Extensibility, Interoperability
  • Trusted Microkernels
  • Software Verification, Validation, and Certification
  • Tools

Current Project Highlights


Exploring integration of Connext into owner customers' development and deployment processes.

DDS Type Repository

Cloud-based DDS type repository and related tools to allow customers to find the right type to use, to share new types and to quickly start their development process.


We are exploring how to optimize the performance of edge computing over 5G.

Cybersecurity Tool Interoperability

Using DDS to build common interfaces between vendors

High Assurance Software

Exploring safe and secure systems for flight, autonomous cars, medical devices, and more

Docker & Kubernetes

Creating configuration guidance and exploring performance

Modeling, Simulation & Training

Advancing market-driving features

Collaborating with RTI

We are open to collaboration! We regularly collaborate on funded research with many universities, national labs and small/large companies. Please feel free to reach out to us to discuss your opportunities.

Through our University Program, we offer complimentary access to RTI Connext® DDS Secure to qualifying universities that initiate a research or classroom project involving complex distributed networks.

GitHub Repository

We love to share what we do!  In addition to papers, blogs and conferences, we can sometimes share code we have developed. Check out the current crop of prototypes below.

Clicking the links below will take you to RTI’s projects on GitHub:

Recently Awarded Government Research Contracts
  • Securing medical device communications (11/20)
  • Exploring toolchains to streamline software development and certification for autonomous platforms (10/20)
  • Building and benchmarking representative architectures involving seL4 (10/20)
  • Automating detection of high value data in real-time streaming data (7/20)
  • Developing software-defined Multi-Level Secure communications for globally distributed training systems (6/20)
  • Designing an adapter to the Unity simulation engine (6/20)
  • Advancing real-time streaming compression (4/20)
  • View past awards received