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Portable Common Interface Set


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UNIT NAME
AJPO/PCIS
VERSION
N/A
ORIGIN
AJPO
REVIEW CODE
OK
INET ADDRESS
action@ajpo.sei.cmu.edu
AUTHOR
See individual files
RIGHTS
Approved for public release; distribution unlimited
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LOCATION
ajpo.sei.cmu.edu
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ABSTRACT

This file:  ajpo.sei.cmu.edu: /public/pcis/README
Last updated: 10/19/92


         PORTABLE COMMON INTERFACE SET (PCIS) PROGRAMME


         AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE TO NEXT GENERATION
                      INTERFACE REQUIREMENTS


At the NATO Special Working Group (SWG) on Ada Program Support
Environments (APSE) meeting in San Diego in December 1990, the SWG
agreed to pursue an international co-operative programme with the goal
of defining a Portable Common Interface Set (PCIS).  The fusion of
military and civil (commercial) requirements is seen as essential to
ensure that PCIS will be a viable standard for next generation
environments.  Therefore, before the PCIS Definition Programme
commences, there will be a requirements phase to take into account the
needs of the military and civil (commercial) communities.  This phase
has 4 objectives, as outlined by the SWG on APSE:

      o      The validation of the existing NATO Requirements and
             Design Criteria (NRAC) and inclusion of non-military
             requirements.

      o      An investigation into what is being provided by existing
             interface technology and an assessment of the perceived
             emerging technology over the next 5 years.

      o      A comparison of the results with that which industry is
             currently providing.

      o      An analysis of the differences leading to a
             prioritization and costing of future work.

Two public workshops were held to support the first two objectives.  The
First PCIS Workshop was held in the U.K. during the week of 29 April - 3
May 1991.  The Second PCIS Workshop was held in California during the
week of 3-7 June 1991.  The Second PCIS Workshop was held in conjunction
with the 5th National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Integrated Software Engineering Environment (ISEE) Workshop and the
International Workshop on CASE (IWCASE) which have different but closely
related objectives.

Professor John Buxton, chairman of the First PCIS Workshop, said that
one starting point for identifying requirements is to consider the
principal aim of software engineering as one of improving the quality of
software.  In achieving quality, it is essential to link military and
commercial requirements for environments -- because successful
commercial software is likely to be software that is widely and
extensively used, with result that its defects are more likely to have
been detected.  As a consequence, the background aim of the PCIS
Programme, which is to bring together the requirements of the military
and commercial communities, should be regarded as a major step towards
achieving quality in itself.

The PCIS Workshops were organized into general sessions and Working
Group Sessions.  The general sessions provided presentations on emerging
technology and the needs of special interests.  These general sessions
were aimed at both the specialist and the non- specialist.  The Working
Group sessions allowed participants to discuss detailed technology and
commercial issues in depth.  The Working Group Sessions addressed:

             Needs of the Tool Builders
             Needs of the Platform Suppliers
             Needs of the Environment Suppliers
             Needs of the Environment Users



Available PCIS Documents

                 Interface Technology Analysis (ITA)

The ITA is the proceedings of both PCIS workshops at the plenary level. 
This document identifies interface technology from the workshops that is
available today or is emerging and will be available over the next five
years.  It consists of summaries of each presentation in the plenary
sessions and includes the slides of each presentation.

Emerging technologies presented included:  AD/Cycle, ATIS, CAIS-A, CALS
& PDES, CDIF, CFI, COHESION, IEEE P1175, ECMA PCTE, IRDS, PCTE+, POSIX,
and SLCSE.

Organizational presentations included those from:  AJPO, CEC, CIS, ECMA,
IEPG TA-13, IWCASE, NGCR PSESWG, NIST, OMG, OSF, PIMB, STARS, and SWG on
APSE.

Needs of Environment users were addressed in presentations by
representatives from:  BAe, BT, Bull, ECMA, ICL, MCC, RSRE, SEMATECH,
and SD SCICON, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy.

Needs of Environment/Platform/Tool Suppliers were addressed in
presentations by representatives from: Atherton, BMR, Boeing, CASE,
CCTA, CFL, DEC, DRA, Emerauld, HP, IBM, ICL, Mk V Systems, SFGL,
SofTech, SYSECA, TeleSoft, and USC-ISI.


	International Requirements And Design Criteria (IRAC)

The International Requirements And Design Criteria (IRAC) for the
Portable Common Interface Set (PCIS) with Embedded Rationale, Version
1.0, PCIS/IRAC, dated 1 May 1992, was approved for public release by the
SWG on APSE on 1 July 1992.  The IRAC captures the needs of environment
users, environment suppliers, platform suppliers, and tool builders. 
The IRAC represents a set of requirements for military and civil
(commercial) technical and programmatic requirements, with accompanying
rationale.  It is denoted INTERNATIONAL to reflect the fact that PCIS is
planned to be an international standard encompassing international
requirements.

The IRAC may be obtained from:

      Mr. Clyde Roby
      Institute for Defense Analyses
      1801 North Beauregard Street
      Alexandria, VA 22311-1772
     
      Phone: +1 (703) 845-6666
      FAX:   +1 (703) 845-6848
      Email: roby@ida.org


REVISION HISTORY

4 Dec 93  First release to the PAL


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