Cross-company co-simulation for virtual protoyping

September 01, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Co-simulation platform enables cross-company virtual prototyping
Toshiba Digital Solutions Corporation (TDSL) is taking model-based development to a new level with a distributed co-simulation platform that enables remote, cross-company digital virtual prototyping of control systems.

By using simulations of vehicular component models and external models that emulate various traffic conditions surrounding the vehicle for virtual prototyping, design engineers can accelerate automotive development and avoid costly reworks. At the system level, this interconnectedness ensures errors due to insufficient specifications and misunderstandings, avoiding costly reworks. Additionally, by sharing digital prototypes in cyberspace, TDSL believes it will help drive the advancement of the automotive industry in the post-coronavirus world.

The Distributed Co‑simulation Platform connects the common simulation tools used in automotive control systems development, including MATLAB/Simulink. It is also compliant with FMI (Functional Mock-up Interface), a global standard for model interoperability between different types of simulation tools. It improves the affinity of connections between tools and enables large-scale distributed co-simulations.

In addition, by collaborating with Information Services International-Dentsu, Ltd. (ISID), TDSL aims to integrate Distributed Co‑simulation Platform with iQUAVIS (“ai-quavis” design and development visualization tool), cloud CAE solutions, and other such solutions to reduce costs and improve efficiency in automotive control systems development.

TDSL is a member of Germany’s prostep ivip Association , which defines standards for mechanisms and processes for the distribution and co-simulation of models between multiple companies.

The technology will be presented at this year’s prostep ivip Symposium .

More information on TDSL’s Distributed Co‑simulation Platform is at  https://www.toshiba-sol.co.jp/en/industry/venetdcp/index.htm

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