Eclipse Foundation Launches Papyrus Industry Consortium Focused on Modeling Tools for Embedded Development

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Papyrus Industry Consortium will develop an industrial-grade open source modeling workbench to be used by organization requiring model-based engineering tools.

The Eclipse Foundation is pleased to announce the creation of the Papyrus Industry Consortium, a collaboration to create a model-based engineering platform and workbench based on the domain specific and modeling capabilities of the Eclipse Papyrus family of products. The consortium partners will jointly fund the development of the Papyrus platform and tools, consolidate and prioritize requirements from consortium partners and across application domains, and promote Papyrus as an open source solution for MBE. The founding members of the consortium include Adocus, Airbus Helicopters, Airbus Defence & Space, Atos, CEA List, Combitech/Saab, EclipseSource, Ericsson, Flanders make, Fraunhofer Fokus, OneFact, and Zeligsoft.

The Papyrus Industry Consortium (IC) aims to deliver an industrial-grade open source MBE solution for companies developing software intensive systems ranging from embedded software development, enterprise software, Internet of Things (IoT) to cyber-physical systems. As the mantra ‘software is eating the world’ indicates, many of these companies are becoming more reliant on software development for their customer solutions. Better software design tools, like Papyrus, will enable these organizations to design, develop and deliver software-based solutions in a more efficient manner.

“Ericsson has over a thousand software engineers who require advanced modeling tools to create the software systems for our commercial solutions”, explains Francis Bordeleau, Product Manager Software Development at Ericsson. “Therefore, the existence of both an industrial-grade modeling tool and a vibrant and growing modeling tools community is a critical part of our long-term software development strategy. With the establishment of the Papyrus IC, we strongly believe that Papyrus will become the dominant modeling tools solution that will provide the required innovation for a larger adoption of model-based engineering.”

Papyrus is an extensible platform and tool suite that supports existing modeling languages such as UML 2.5 and SysML 1.4, and the creation of industry-specific and domain-specific modeling languages, allowing end-users, suppliers, and academics to customize Papyrus to their specific needs. Through its various specializations, Papyrus also enables development of capabilities regarding different development aspects, including model-based simulation, model-based testing, safety analysis, and architecture exploration.

“The Papyrus IC is a great example of end-user organizations using open source to direct the development of an industry solution to meet their specific needs,” explains Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. “We expect the Papyrus IC will jointly fund $5 million/year of research and development towards building a model-based engineering solution that meets the needs of large organizations that depend on modeling tools for their software development and design. We believe this type of open source collaboration is the future of software development for many types of industries.”

More information about the Papyrus tools and the Papyrus IC is available at https://eclipse.org/papyrus/ and https://www.polarsys.org/ic/papyrus. The Eclipse Foundation and the Papyrus IC will be demonstrating the Papyrus platform at the Embedded World Conference in Nuremberg, Germany, on March 23-25 in Hall 4, Booth 160.

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