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METECS has worked with NASA to build mREST, an orchestration architecture which provides connectivity between tests, simulations, hardware, monitoring applications, and more using emerging web services protocols.

mREST

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Collection of data and orchestration of tests, simulations, hardware, and monitoring applications is a significant challenge, especially when it involves integrating multiple facilities, hardware testbeds, simulations, commercial software packages, etc. This often requires test managers to set up interfaces between their processes and those from other facilities, vendors, and almost always with different communication protocols.

To mitigate these challenges, METECS has developed mREST which specifies generic interfaces based on a Representational State Transfer (REST) style architecture. mREST provides for generic calls to access data, start and stop tests and simulations, monitor hardware health, and more.

Contact us to discuss how mREST can help with your orchestration needs.

mREST at NASA

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A test automation prototype on an iPhone.

In developing mREST, METECS has worked with NASA to create an infrastructure that combines several emerging technologies in a synergistic way to create a flexible, scalable, clean and easy to implement test and simulation orchestration infrastructures. Prototypes have been rapidly developed to demonstrate its ease of use with several existing NASA and commercial technologies such as the Trick simulation environment, EDGE graphics software, and National Instruments Labview software. Because of its use of emerging web services protocols, the elements of the infrastructure can be accessed in a web browser or a variety of off-the-shelf commercial software such as Microsoft Excel.

NASA's Integrated Power Avionics and Software (iPAS) integration facility where mRest provides connectivity between the various hardware testbeds, simulations, and software packages.

NASA's Integrated Power Avionics and Software (iPAS) integration facility where mRest provides connectivity between the various hardware testbeds, simulations, and software packages.

Our work has allowed tests, simulations, and support software with diverse origins, ages, and abilities to be reliably integrated into configurations that assemble, tear down and reassemble with scalable complexity in order to conduct full or part-task simulations, parametric tests, and monitored trial runs. By utilizing open industry standards within the test industry, these solutions provide a simple, open, and scalable test orchestration architecture and direct integration with existing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) analysis software tools.

METECS has presented papers at the IEEE AutoTestCon relating to mREST at NASA such as:

 

 

 

 

 

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