Accellera forms Federated Simulation Standard Working Group

Accellera forms Federated Simulation Standard Working Group

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By Nick Flaherty

The Accellera Systems Initiative has created a Working Group to focus on the interoperability of simulators, models, and other components for chip design

The Accellera Federated Simulation Standard (FSS) Working Group (WG) aims to establish cross-industry collaboration to improve the interoperability of product and environment simulation, models, and components using existing and new open standards.

As part of the development of the standard and open infrastructure, the FSS WG targets alignment with other standards such as ED-247 used in avionics, FMI/FMU applied in automotive, and SMP2 used in the space industry. To take advantage of cross-industry synergies, the WG also aims to align with open collaboration and innovation consortia.

The need for a federated simulation ecosystem is not new; various standards and technologies have been developed in the last few decades to address it. However, many of these solutions have an industry or application specific focus and do not necessarily address interoperability across industrial segments. This cross-industry aspect is increasingly important because of the diverse companies in supply chains that are sharing and integrating more diverse models, simulators, and components. In turn, this drives the need for interoperability and the development of a standardized and open infrastructure.

“Throughout the Proposed Working Group period, many companies across multiple industries expressed interest to consolidate the requirements for a federated simulation ecosystem,” said Lu Dai, Chair of Accellera.

“Accellera’s mission is to provide a platform in which the electronics industry can collaborate to drive innovation and deliver universal standards that improve design and verification productivity for design and verification of electronics products. The FSS WG is an extension of this mission, wherein substantial coordination of efforts will take place to make this standard possible.”

“The intent of the Federated Simulation Standard is to develop a standard and open infrastructure to enable interoperability of established modeling and simulation standards, technologies, and tools as part of a distributed, orchestrated, simulation ecosystem,” stated Martin Barnasconi, Accellera Technical Committee Chair and Chair of the FSS Working Group. “A standardized interface will enable interoperability of modeling and simulation throughout the product lifecycle.”

There are many different simulation approaches and standards from multiple industries such as avionics, space, semiconductor, automotive, and mechatronics. The goal of the working group is to connect existing industry standards and formats to facilitate modeling, integration, and simulation of complex systems and systems-of-systems.

The first meeting of the Federated Simulation Standard Working Group will be held online in July. This initial meeting will focus on the goals for the working group, its structure, and the development timeline.  Accellera sponsors the cross-sector DVCon Europe design and verification conference, which will be held in Munich from 15-18 October 2024.

For more information on the FSS WG, visit here.;



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