Eclipse Cyclone DDS now a tier 1 ROS middleware

17th July 2020
Alex Lynn

ADLINK Technology has helped Eclipse Cyclone DDS to become a tier one ROS 2 middleware with the Eclipse Foundation IoT community, OpenADx Working Group and ROS 2 Technical Steering Committee. With the latest ROS 2 release, Foxy Fitzroy (foxy), robotics and autonomous vehicle development is now easier, faster, more secure, and reliable.

Eclipse Cyclone DDS is the next generation implementation of the Object Management Group’s (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard that leverages ADLINK’s experience working and innovating DDS from its early days. ADLINK is working with the community to establish the DDS of reference in terms of features, usability, performance and reliability within robotics, autonomous vehicles, healthcare, aerospace and defense, and Industrial IoT.

"Box Robotics is rebuilding the AGV perception stack with human-like spatial awareness for higher speed driving, uncompromising safety and lifelong autonomy,” said Tom Panzarella, Co-founder and CEO, Box Robotics.

“We are building our software on top of the latest advances in long-range 3D digital LiDAR. Processing this data in real-time on high-speed vehicles requires a robust foundation to build upon. This is why we have chosen ROS 2 Foxy Fitzroy and Eclipse Cyclone DDS as our middleware platform. The LTS of ROS 2 foxy and the highly tunable DDS implementation allows us to write the lowest latency point cloud processing pipelines in support of our application requirements.”

Foxy is a three-year long term support (LTS) version of ROS and includes significant performance and stability enhancements with Eclipse Cyclone DDS as a tier 1 underlying data sharing backbone of its RMW (ROS Middleware) layer. Eclipse Cyclone DDS offers a platform for sharing data consistently and coherently with a keen focus on system success metrics including performance, robustness, security, safety and interoperability.

“ROS 2 foxy is a major milestone toward establishing the reference platform for a large class of robotics and autonomous vehicles applications,” said Angelo Corsaro PhD, CTO, ADLINK Technology. “We are strongly committed to supporting the ROS 2 community and ecosystem with an outstanding open source DDS implementation.”

Hosted and supported by the Eclipse Foundation, Eclipse Cyclone DDS is now the fastest growing open source implementation of the OMG DDS standard. ADLINK offers professional services, industrial-grade versions to support DDS development and deployment. To get started with Eclipse Cyclone DDS visit GitHub.  

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