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OMG Members Meet to Chart Course for UML 2.0; MDA and Safety Critical Software to be Highlighted Members and Guests to Meet in Toronto in September.

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NEEDHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 2001

Members of the Object Management Group(TM) (OMG(TM)) will meet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada from September 10 through 14 to chart the course for the second release of the organization's Unified Modeling Language(TM) (UML(TM)) standard. At this meeting, Members and guests will evaluate and critique nine submissions proposing to define the UML 2.0 Infrastructure and Object Constraint Language (OCL); in December, following revision based on these critiques, final versions of two of these proposals will be adopted as official OMG specifications. OMG invites interested non-members to attend the meeting week as a registered guest and audit these evaluation sessions; non-members may register on the web at www.omg.org/news/meetings/tc/guest.htm.

Attendees new to OMG's Model Driven Architecture(TM) (OMG MDA(TM)) will learn the basics at a half-day MDA(TM) Information Seminar on Wednesday afternoon, September 12. The MDA "future-proofs" software investment by expressing an application as a platform-independent UML model; MDA tools use this base model to generate implementations on multiple platforms. This MDA seminar will be given in five additional cities across North America during October. To find the seminar in your area, click on the seminar icon at www.omg.org/mda. On Wednesday, an all-day workshop will focus on use of commercial software in High Confidence/Safety Critical Systems installations such as medical and emergency care delivery systems, and control systems for transportation, nuclear plants, and military weapons. This one-day meeting is also open to non-OMG-members; for program and registration information, see www.omg.org/news/meetings/hcscs.

The OMG plans to adopt software standards in object-oriented analysis and design (A&D), middleware infrastructure, and specific industries such as Air Traffic Control, Utilities, Manufacturing, and others at this extremely busy meeting. The group will hold final adoption votes on six new standards that have completed member evaluations, and issue Requests for Proposals (RFPs) initiating the adoption of eight new specifications.

Half of the new standards support object oriented modeling, analysis, and design. One introduces schedulability concepts to UML, allowing the language to model real-time computing systems; another supports UML representation of component-based infrastructures; while the third lets designers assign action semantics to objects in UML models. Another of the new standards integrates the W3C XML schema definition with OMG's suite of modeling specifications. OMG's Meta-Object Facility (MOF) standardizes a repository for UML models; at this meeting, members will issue three RFPs starting the process that will advance this standard to Release 2.0.

Two more standards already have completed member evaluations and will start final votes at this meeting: One extends OMG's already-mature CORBAsecurity specification to manage objects as members of discrete domains; the other supports Air Traffic Control with a standard architecture and facility to maintain surveillance of aircraft.

Four of the new RFPs issued at this meeting will extend middleware infrastructure standards. One of which will standardize a set of XML tags that allow real-time and non-real-time systems, interacting over a network, to communicate their real-time processing requirements; another extension to CORBA(R) real-time will standardize data distribution. Frequently used in situations where reliability is crucial, CORBA already supports a robust fault-tolerant mode. This will be augmented with a live online upgrade capability, allowing 24X7 operation in a completely standard environment. Finally in the infrastructure arena, OMG will define a directory service for "Super Distributed Objects," a category that encompasses not only distributed Web Services but also the large numbers of small, discrete, but powerful computers that are starting to populate both wired and wireless networks.

Sponsored exclusively by IBM Canada, the meeting will be held in the Regal Constellation Hotel in Etobicoke - Toronto, Ontario, Canada.. Tutorials during the week include an overview of OMG's specification suite, and separate introductions to CORBA 3 and UML. Two outside groups will co-locate their meetings with OMG in Toronto this week: Representing the electric power industry, the CCAPI (Command Center Application Programming Interface) International Working Group of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will meet with OMG's Utilities Domain Task Force, and the Human Resources XML (HRXML) Consortium will meet with OMG's HR Domain Special Interest Group. On Tuesday and Wednesday, a room full of demonstration tables will spotlight software products based on OMG's specifications.

Technical meeting registration information for guests appears at www.omg.org/news/meetings/tc/guest.htm, and for members at www.omg.org/registration/registration-tc.htm. Meeting Highlights are listed at www.omg.org/news/meetings/tc/meeting_highlights.htm. Agendas for Task Force and Special Interest Group meetings, and abstracts for tutorials, appear at www.omg.org/news/meetings/tc/agendas.htm. Any company can join OMG and respond to RFPs. New RFPs are posted at www.omg.org/schedule approximately one week following each OMG meeting. For information about the OMG, see www.omg.org or send an email request to info@omg.org.

About The OMG

With well-established standards covering software from design, through development, to deployment and maintenance, the Object Management Group (OMG) supports a full-lifecycle approach to enterprise integration. Based on the established Object Management Architecture (OMA) and emerging Model Driven Architecture (MDA), OMG's standards cover application design and implementation. OMG's Modeling standards include the UML (Unified Modeling Language) and CWM (Common Warehouse Metamodel). CORBA, the Common Object Request Broker Architecture, is OMG's standard open platform. OMG also issues the CORBAservices and a rapidly-growing set of industry-specific standards in vertical markets including healthcare, telecommunications, biotechnology, transportation and a dozen other areas. The OMG is headquartered in Needham, MA, USA, with an office in Tokyo, Japan as well as international marketing offices in the UK and Germany, along with a U.S. government representative in Washington, DC.

For information on joining the OMG or additional information, please contact OMG headquarters by phone at +1-781-444 0404, by fax at +1-781-444 0320, or by email at info@omg.org. The OMG provides current information and services for distributed enterprise computing on the World Wide Web at www.omg.org and www.corba.org. Information about OMG Japan can be found at www.omgj.org.

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