Last week saw Rapita host a sold-out DO-178 training course in Bristol. Delivered in conjunction with our partner, ConsuNova Inc, the training helps attendees to understand and prepare for new processes and development activities that are needed to satisfy DO-178C requirements. A recently added half-day at the end of the training also addressed the challenge of certifying multicore systems in the DO-178C context, with reference to satisfying the objectives of the CAST-32A position paper.
The training, now in its third year, is proving increasingly popular with attendees from companies both big and small; across civilian and military domains.
Day 1 focused on key elements of DO-178C Planning, avoiding mistakes and efficient ways to reduce review-cycle and successful DO-178C Compliance Audits.
ConsuNova's Martin Beeby delivered a large part of this training, featuring for the first time on this course. With over 30 years of Avionics Systems, Software, and Hardware development, Martin leveraged his experience at major aerospace companies to educate the audience on optimized DO-178C process implementation and cost-effective planning.
Day 2 focuses on requirements development, efficient ways to leverage previously developed software, and how to reduce verification effort by 50%.
Reza Madjidi, an active FAA Systems & Equipment DER (Software), delivered practical training on how to apply efficient review processes to reduce overhead and proof of compliance and a detailed examination of conducting DO-178C compliance audits.
Guillem Bernat, CEO of Rapita Systems, led a section on DO-330 tool qualification, introducing concepts such as structural coverage analysis and worst-case-execution-time analysis. Guillem described how tools can be used to automate this analysis and make significant savings on verification effort.
Day 3 - half day
The morning session of day 3 was focused on multicore timing analysis within the context of developing software to DO-178C (CAST-32A) standards. Whilst this had been a theme woven into the whole training course, the third day offered the chance for a deep dive into the technical aspects of the subject.
Rapita’s Sam Thompson, Senior Research Consultant in the Multicore team, delivered a live demonstration of Rapita’s multicore tool-suite on the CANNY edge detection algorithm.
Rapita Systems have developed the world’s first hybrid multicore timing solution to address CAST-32A objectives. The attendees were very receptive to this topic and there were some excellent discussions around this emerging area.