Infrastructure for Component-Based DDS Application Development

William R. Otte, Aniruddha Gokhale, Douglas C. Schmidt and Johnny Willemsen


Enterprise distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems are increasingly being developed with the use of component-based software techniques. Unfortunately, commonly used component middleware platforms provide limited support for event-based publish/subscribe (pub/sub) mechanisms that meet both quality-ofservice (QoS) and configurability requirements of DRE systems. On the other hand, although pub/sub technologies, such as OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS), support a wide range of QoS settings, the level of abstraction they provide make it hard to con- figure them due to the significant source-level configuration that must be hard-coded at compile time or tailored at run-time using proprietary, ad hoc configuration logic. Moreover, developers of applications using native pub/sub technologies must write large amounts of boilerplate “glue” code to support run-time configuration of QoS properties, which is tedious and error-prone. This paper describes a novel, generative approach that combines the strengths of QoS-enabled pub/sub middleware with component-based middleware technologies. In particular, this paper describes the design and implementation of DDS4CIAO which addresses a number of inherent and accidental complexities in the DDS4CCM standard. DDS4CIAO simplifies the development, deployment, and configuration of component-based DRE systems that leverage DDS’s powerful QoS capabilities by provisioning DDS QoS policy settings and simplifying the development of DDS applications.