The Methods & Tools Special Interest Group met today from 5 pm till 5:45 pm Central European Summer Time.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (represented by Bill BARRETT), Michel PONS (contractor to CO-LaN as Chief Technology Officer)


Technical overview COBIA Phase III


The participants revised the general overview at the beginning of the document that will serve as technical specification for the work in Phase III of the COBIA development project should it be launched by CO-LaN Management Board.

Phase III is meant to be mostly about marshaling, i.e. “the process of transforming the memory representation of an object to a data format suitable for storage or transmission” (Wikipedia). The role of the CAPE-OPEN IDL within the implementation of marshalling is already mentioned in the general overview and needs to be explicited further. In order to avoid any misunderstanding, it is also necessary to converge on a suitable vocabulary (marshalers/proxies/language bindings) used to define the software objects involved in the marshalling since the architecture has evolved from what was presented at some length at the CAPE-OPEN 2018 Annual Meeting. The means to connect objects, to instantiate objects have also to be clarified.

The document will be further progressed by Methods & Tools Special Interest Group.


Picture of Bill BARRETT (US EPA representative) in December 2018Contact Bill BARRETT (representative of US Environmental Protection Agency, leader of the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group) should you wish to join the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group. Its charter is: “Improve integration, and expand utilization of Computer-Aided Process Engineering (CAPE) applications within the enterprise through identification and resolution of existing cross-cutting issues with the CAPE-OPEN platform, develop mechanisms for use of CAPE within other application domains, and incorporate advances in information technology into the CAPE-OPEN platform.”