Published 14-07-2020
| Article appears in August 2020 Issue

ECLIPSE CYCLONE DDS JOINS TIER 1 ROS MIDDLEWARE

13-07-2020

With the support of global edge computing leader ADLINK Technology, Eclipse Cyclone DDS has become a tier-one ROS 2 middleware with the Eclipse Foundation IoT community, OpenADx Working Group and ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee.

With the latest ROS 2 release Foxy Fitzroy (foxy), robotics and autonomous vehicle development is now easier, faster, more secure and reliable.

Eclipse Cyclone DDS is the next-gen implementation of the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard that leverages ADLINK’s experience working and innovating DDS from its early days.

ADLINK works with the community to establish the DDS of reference in terms of features, usability, performance and reliability within robotics, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, aerospace and defence, and Industrial IoT.

“Box Robotics is rebuilding the AGV perception stack with human-like spatial awareness for higher speed driving, uncompromising safety and lifelong autonomy,” says Tom Panzarella, co-founder and CEO of Box Robotics.

“We’re building our software on top of the latest advances in long-range 3D digital LiDAR. Processing this data in real-time on high-speed vehicles requires a robust foundation to build upon. This is why we have chosen ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy and Eclipse Cyclone DDS as our middleware platform.”

Panzarella says the highly tunable DDS implementation as well as the LTS of ROS 2 foxy allows Box Robotics to write the lowest latency point cloud processing pipelines in support of its application requirements.

Foxy is the first ever three-year long-term support (LTS) version of ROS, and includes significant performance and stability enhancements with Eclipse Cyclone DDS as a tier-one underlying data-sharing backbone of its RMW (ROS Middleware) layer.

Eclipse Cyclone DDS offers a platform for sharing data consistently and coherently with a keen focus on system success metrics including performance, robustness, security, safety and interoperability.

“ROS 2 foxy is a major milestone toward establishing the reference platform for a large class of robotics and autonomous vehicles applications,” says Angelo Corsaro PhD, CTO, ADLINK Technology.

“We are strongly committed to supporting the ROS 2 community and ecosystem with an outstanding open source DDS implementation.”

Hosted and supported by the Eclipse Foundation, Eclipse Cyclone DDS is now the fastest growing open source implementation of the OMG DDS standard. ADLINK offers professional services and industrial-grade versions to support DDS development and deployment.

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