Topics Objectives How the PLCS-IF will work Membership and Organization
PLCS-IF Objectives Provide a neutral and open environment to accelerate development and implementation of PLCS adapters Establish a vendor independent forum Ensure that user's requirements are satisfied through real world scenario based testing
How the PLCS-IF Will Work Initially three rounds of testing per year to accelerate development Round of Testing activities Software development Test data preparation Pre-processing Syntax and structure validation Post processing Semantic analysis and evaluation Results documentation and presentation
How the PLCS-IF Will Work Each round starts and ends with a meeting Meetings will be two to three days in duration Analysis and discussion of results Discussion and preparation for next round Open forum presentation of summary results and plan In between meetings, regular communication via e- mail, conference calls, and collaboration web site
Results of Testing Participant specific testing results will not be provided outside the Implementer Forum The results of testing a particular scenario may be sufficient so that it does not need additional testing Testing results may require that a scenario is tested again in future rounds.
Results of Testing Issues with the standard may be uncovered that require changes or extensions to the standard. These will be communicated to the appropriate standards body. It may not be clear to participants how to implement a specific part of the standard, and recommended practices may need to be developed or modified to guide implementations.
PLCS-IF Membership The PLCS-IF will be open to any organization that has adapters to the PLCS standard and is sponsored by any of the organizations supporting the PLCS-IF. Participants may include, but are not limited to: Various branches of the Department or Ministry of Defense OEM software vendors First and lower tier commercial and defense contractors Middleware software vendors Ongoing Forum operations and maintenance will be supported through a Membership and Participant fee structure
PLCS-IF Organization PLCS-IF Forum Director Technical Infrastructure & Support Management Infrastructure & Support PLCS-IF Governing Board PLCS-IF Advisory Board (e.g., rep. from PDES, Inc., OASIS TC, ASD, AIA)
PLCS-IF Key Roles Governing Board – Made up of key stakeholders; provides strategic guidance and operational direction to the forum Forum Director – Responsible for organizing and facilitating the testing activities of the forum, and internal and external communication and marketing Advisory Board – Provides tactical advice and recommendations to the forum; source of requirements and scenarios; Management Infrastructure and Support Supports Forum Director by providing program cost and schedule reports Provides day to day support to the Forum Director Technical Infrastructure and Support Development and maintenance of testing tools and infrastructure Data model expert to provide guidance to implementors
Initial timeline Inception Phase Sustainment Phase 3 Months12 Months Develop syntax & structure checker Create data sets Integrate RDL Develop semantic analyzer Develop statistics and results module Develop and prioritize use cases Develop initial testing documentation Meetings For each round of testing: Check files for proper syntax & structure Create data sets Regular conference calls Reconfigure semantic analyzer Reconfigure statistics and results module Develop and prioritize use cases Develop testing documentation Develop or modify recommended practices Meeting to wrap up one round and commence the next round