In this section eProsima gives a special recognition and a big “Thank you” to the generous companies which made various feature accelerations and tools of Fast DDS possible.
Even more so, eProsima would like to point out that these sponsorships are in line with the company’s open source philosophy and available under the Apache 2.0 license.


Deutsche Bahn

Deutsche Bahn, the biggest railway company in Germany and one of the greatest in the world has sponsored the open source development of the following for their shared Sensors4Rail project: Fast DDS statistics module, Fast DDS Statistics Backend and Fast DDS Monitor. These developments will allow users to monitor node communications in real-time constrained domains. As this is still an ongoing project more information will be added soon.



Sony, the renown Japanese technology conglomerate, collaborated together with eProsima and sponsored the creation and release of the first open-source and freely available Shared Memory Transport and Data-sharing delivery. The Shared Memory Transport provides better performance than other network transports like UDP / TCP, and Data-sharing delivery avoids copies between DataWriter and DataReader by sharing the history through shared memory. This way, both enable faster communication between entities running in the same machine with less memory consumption.



Open Robotics, the nonprofit organization behind the Robot Operating System (ROS and ROS 2) and the Gazebo simulator, teamed up with eProsima to develop the Discovery Server. This Client-Server Architecture allows the nodes to connect with each other using an intermediate server, reducing dramatically the network traffic in big systems and avoiding the use of Multicasting. The Integration Service, another tool sponsored by Open Robotics, is a tool developed to connect DDS to any system that includes a SOSS (System Of Systems Synthesizer) system handle.



Hexagon's Geosystems division, a leading company in digital data capture, measurement and visualisation solutions, sponsored the enhancement of the Fast DDS’ persistence service for their prototype project of a coastal laser mapping solution. Now, data samples larger than 65 kB can be stored in a persistent database for later loading.



Apex.AI is a company developing an operating system for autonomous vehicles. Due to the special requirements of highly critical systems like the ones found in autonomous driving, Apex.AI required special real-time characteristics for Fast DDS. Sponsoring the deterministic characteristics Static Allocations and Non-blocking calls, Fast DDS can now guarantee responses within a specified time.



Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, contributed to strengthening Fast DDS Security by developing the Logging plugin. As a result, the user has the possibility to integrate a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system and to prioritize, inspect or debug security events easily. This will lead to increased situational awareness, allowing users to identify and react to anomalies on their robot. With this contribution Fast DDS has become the most secure open source DDS implementation.



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