The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) approach is a government-and-industry-developed software standard and business strategy. It satisfies the DoD Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) principles with the aim of enabling the reuse of capability-based software components across different hardware computing environments. Adherence to any such standard comes with overhead, especially when there is a new version to grasp.
This 60-minute Webinar introduces the principles of the FACE standard by drawing on the expertise of a FACE Verification Authority, a defense systems OEM, and a Tier 1 provider of a FACE-compliant RTOS. The three presenters examine v3.1 of the standard, the significance of changes to specific user cases, and real-life experiences to help highlight what to expect.
They also discuss the importance of compliance and conformance as defined by the Open Group, as well as the possible degrees of subtle mismatch through the blurring of boundaries between what is defined by a specification and what is implemented in practice. In addition, they explain the significance of the FACE standard to defense suppliers both now and into the future, referencing other, more familiar API standards for comparison including ARINC and POSIX.
The presentation concludes by defining the steps needed to create a conformant software product, highlighting the role that automation can play in making that process as unobtrusive and efficient as possible.
An audience Q&A follows the technical presentation.
Ehsan Salehi, Field Application Engineer, LDRA USA
Ehsan Salehi has more than 10 years of experience in software development. Since 2014, he has been a member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Conformance Subcommittee and a contributor to the FACE: Conformance Verification Matrix. Prior to joining LDRA in 2018 as a Field Application Manager, Ehsan was involved in developing FACE standards while working for Georgia Tech Research Institute. His past work as a software verification engineer has included involvement with industry safety certification standards such as DO-178B/C, DO-254, ISO 26262, and IEC 61508. Ehsan earned his master’s degree in computer science and bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Arun Subbarao, Vice President of Engineering, Lynx Software Technologies
Arun Subbarao is Vice President of Engineering at Lynx Software Technologies, responsible for the development of products for the Internet of Things and cyber-security markets. He has 20+ years of experience in the software industry, working on security, safety, virtualization, operating systems, and networking technologies. In this role, Arun spearheaded the development of the LynxSecure separation kernel and hypervisor product as well as other software innovations in cyber-security leading to multiple patents. He is also a panelist and presenter at several industry conferences. He holds a bachelor of science degree in computer science from India, a master’s degree in computer science from SUNY Albany, and an MBA from Santa Clara University.
Jeffry Howington, Senior Manager, Advanced Programs Business Development, Collins Aerospace
Jeffry A. Howington is responsible for business development efforts in advanced military avionics at Collins Aerospace and for the company's open architecture avionics software applications. He recently stepped down as the Open Group FACE Consortium's Steering Committee Vice-Chairman, having served in that elected role for nearly nine years. He remains active as the Co-Chair of the Training Course Accreditation Committee. Prior to Collins, Jeffry was responsible for development teams creating software for handheld and tablet computer products. His early engineering career spanned developing graphics processing and CPU architectures for telecommunications, automated teller machines, and personal computer products. Jeffry holds an electrical and computer engineering degree from Clemson University and an MBA from the University of Iowa.
Bruce Bennett, Editor, SAE Media Group