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RTI Announces Connext DDS 5.1

New Version Speeds Development and Integration of Large-Scale Intelligent Systems for the Internet of Things

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—Feb. 11, 2014—Real-Time Innovations (RTI), the real-time Internet of Things communications platform company, today announced Connext™ DDS 5.1, the latest version of the company's robust software platform for the rapid development and integration of distributed Intelligent Systems.

The Internet of Things (IoT) poses significant new scalability, extensibility and deployment challenges. Legacy communication architectures and technologies simply cannot cope with the volume of applications and data, nor are flexible enough to handle the dynamic nature of IoT deployments. Connext DDS enables companies to break through these barriers.

Connext DDS is a next generation communications platform that leverages a powerful data-centric approach to address the challenges of big data in motion, Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication and system of systems integration to meet the needs of the Internet of Things. With over 60 new features and enhancements and 20+ additional platforms, Connext DDS 5.1 delivers an improved user experience and accelerates system development and deployment.

New features in Connext DDS include:

  • Smart and dynamic routing of data across networks (such as local and wide area networks) based on applications' current interest set – this eliminates the need to configure data flows and improves efficiency by filtering unsubscribed data at the source. As a result, systems can easily scale to handle thousands of applications and devices that distribute millions of unique data points.
  • The ability to extend data types without breaking interoperability with already deployed applications. This allows the seamless introduction of new capabilities without requiring changes to existing applications or even system-wide restarts—a key requirement of mission-critical applications. This new capability complies with the DDS-XTypes standard.
  • Simpler and more automated tuning – Built-in Quality of Service (QoS) profiles contain best practice configurations for common use cases. In addition, new protocol enhancements dynamically optimize throughput based on current message rates and consumers' ability to accommodate them. This allows applications to communicate over different network types, such as cellular and wired, without requiring custom configurations.

About Connext DDS

Connext DDS is the only application-to-application messaging solution that combines extremely loose coupling with ultra-high performance and scalability, eliminating the need for custom messaging approaches and complex integration logic. It offers extensive Quality of Service controls to accommodate specific real-time data delivery needs with respect to frequency, timeliness and reliability.

Connext DDS ensures applications and systems receive the data they need, wherever they are, exactly when they need it.

Key Features Include:

  • Interoperable across programming languages, operating systems, CPU families and network types
  • Well-defined component interfaces for rapid integration
  • Low latency and high throughput
  • Deterministic even under load and at scale
  • Reliable multicast for efficient data distribution
  • Peer-to-peer communication with no message brokers and servers
  • Non-stop availability with live upgrades and no single point of failure
  • Fully compliant with the OMG DDS standard

Supporting Quotes

"RTI Connext DDS was selected for its extensive compliance with the Object Management Group (OMG) DDS standard, its high security rating, its wide support of tools and programming languages and its reputation for performance, scalability and 24/7 reliability," said Sid Koslow, chief technology officer, NAV CANADA. "It is a good fit to support current and future software development for the NAVCANtrac distributed architecture."

"Having Joy-branded mining machines continuously operating is the key to our success. RTI offers a comprehensive solution that runs across our entire platform and enables us to add new applications and functionality to our machines quickly and easily," said Arun Kesavan, global director – controls and automation at Joy Global. "From the beginning, with the Connext solution on board, we have improved our ability to monitor, control and collect real-time equipment analytics to prevent future safety issues."

"As industries seek to exploit the Internet of Things, they are faced with the challenge of developing intelligent systems that can scale to accommodate an order of magnitude more machines," said David Barnett, vice president of products and markets at RTI. "The Connext DDS 5.1 release makes that possible. This release significantly reduces the effort required to develop individual apps and to integrate Internet scale systems."

Pricing and Availability

Available today, Connext DDS pricing starts at $995*.

*All pricing is subject to change. Please contact RTI Sales for the most current pricing information. 

About RTI

RTI provides the communications platform for the real-time Internet of Things.

Our RTI Connext™ messaging software forms the core nervous system for smart, distributed applications.  RTI Connext allows devices to intelligently share information and work together as one integrated system.

Our customers span the breadth of the Internet of Things, including medical, energy, mining, air traffic control, trading, automotive, unmanned systems, industrial SCADA, naval systems, air and missile defense, ground stations, and science. The total value of system designs that trust RTI for their fundamental architecture exceeds $1 trillion.

RTI is committed to open standards, open community source and open architecture. RTI provides the leading implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard.

RTI is the world's largest embedded middleware provider, privately held and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California.