Data management software improves handling of development data

January 14, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With Synect 2.0, embedded tool vendor dSpace has introduced a new version of its data management software for model-based development and ECU testing. While the software is used in the automotive industry in the first place, it likewise addresses the professional needs of embedded systems developers across all application fields, the company says.

Synect 2.0 features a new server technology as well as improved stability, helping developers of embedded systems and software to better manage data and software versions generated during their development and test processes. The new server technology offers improved scalability for working in large and globally distributed teams and for working with high amounts of data. The application programming interface (API) is now available on both the client and the server side. Overall, Synect’s automation options have been extended, and individual workflows are easier to modify.

Synect 2.0 provides out-of-the-box integration with application life cycle management systems via the Microsoft Team Foundation Server, which complements the integration of PTC Integrity and the IBM Rational DOORS requirements management system. Coupled with the possibility to connect a wide range of engineering tools, this integration gives Synect a central role in the users’ tool chain, where it manages engineering data, such as tests, variants, models, signals and parameters, that is created during the development process.

With the new version, all Synect modules − Test Management, Variant Management, Model Management, and Signal & Parameter Management − have been extended and improved in terms of functionality and usability, the company says.

Test Management users, for example, benefit from faster planning by means of optimized test execution plans. The new import/export plug-in for variant management makes it even easier for users to exchange variant models and configurations with other tools. Moreover, an integrated workflow management simplifies the handling of large, complex hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test systems that involve many variants and software interactions.

The Model Management module of Synect now features a native support of the Functional Mock-up Interface (FMI) 2.0 standard for model import, thus letting users manage models from many different modeling environments. Additionally, users can connect dSPACE’s production code generator, TargetLink, to Synect’s Model Management via an add-on that supports the import, export and management of TargetLink models, signals, and parameters.

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