VR-Exchange:Protocol Translation & Bridging
The Interoperability Portal
VR-Exchange is MÄK’s universal translator for distributed simulations. It performs FOM-to-FOM translation, RTI-to-RTI bridging, DIS or HLA-to-TENA translation, and can support simulation-to-C4I interoperability. VR-Exchange’s open architecture means that you can develop custom brokers for C4I protocols or other data standards. We provide a documented interface (API) to the data exchange, as well as sample code that shows you how to read and write to our protocol independent data format.
The Need for Bridging
In some cases, bridging is necessary because it is not practical to get everyone to agree on a protocol, HLA FOM or RTI, or TENA LROM. In other cases, bridging is needed because a system architect wants to implement a hierarchical “federation of federations” design. Bridging is often needed to support large-scale LVC (Live, Virtual and Constructive) integration, or to support Simulation-to-C4I interoperability. For all of these cases, VR-Exchange can provide the solution.