ADvantage Framework

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ADvantage Framework is a model-based systems engineering software platform used for a range of activities including building and operating real-time simulation-based lab test facilities for hardware-in-the-loop simulation purposes. ADvantage includes several desktop applications and run-time services software. The ADvantage run-time services combine a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) layered on top of commercial computer equipment such as single board computers or standard PCs. The ADvantage tools include a development environment, a run-time environment, a plotting and analysis tool set, a fault insertion control application, and a vehicle network configuration and management tool that runs on a Windows or Linux desktop or laptop PC. The ADvantage user base is composed mainly of aerospace, defense, and naval/marine companies and academic researchers.[1][2][3][4] Recent ADvantage real-time applications involved research and development of power systems applications including microgrid/smartgrid control[5] and All-Electric Ship applications.[6]


With roots in analog computer systems used for real-time applications where digital computers could not meet low-latency computational requirements,[7][8][9] Applied Dynamics International moved from proprietary hardware architectures to commercial computing equipment over several decades. The Real-Time Station (RTS) was Applied Dynamics first entry into using Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) computer hardware.[10] Included with the sale of the RTS was the Applied Dynamics software package called "SIMsystem". In 2001, version 7.0 of SIMsystem was released. From 2001 to 2006 Applied Dynamics reworked their software and hardware products to make better use of COTS processors, computer boards, open source software technology and to better abstract software components from the hardware equipment. In 2006, Applied Dynamics announced a beta release of the "ADvantage Framework".[11] The ADvantage brand provided an umbrella for the disparate software components that were formerly included in the SIMsystem package and offered a single software environment to support VME, PC-based, and desktop real-time simulation activities.

Open source components[edit]

ADvantage Framework makes heavy use of open source software technology. Open source software components used include:

Release history[edit]

ADvantage Framework version 8.3.x[12]

Version Release Date
8.3.2m 20 Feb 2013
8.3.2j 13 Nov 2012
8.3.2g 19 Jun 2012
8.3.2f 10 May 2012
8.3.2e 8 Feb 2012
8.3.2d 29 Nov 2011
8.3.2c 9 Nov 2011
8.3.2b 3 Oct 2011
8.3.2a 6 Sep 2011
8.3.2 15 Aug 2011

ADvantage SAS version 9.0.x[12]

Version Release Date 15 Nov 2012 3 Aug 2012 16 May 2012 20 Apr 2012


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  2. ^ A. J. Roscoe, A. Mackay, G. M. Burt, and J. R. McDonald, "Architecture of a network-in-the-loop environment for characterizing AC power system behavior," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, 2010, 57, (4), pp. 1245-1253.
  3. ^ J. W. Kelly et al., "Evaluation of real-time emulators for future development of fire control applications", NDIA Intelligent Vehicle Systems Symposium, Paper IVSS-2004-MAS-05.
  4. ^ "Applied Dynamics selected by Rolls-Royce for next generation FADEC Test Systems", August 10, 2001
  5. ^ Crolla, P.; Roscoe, A.J.; Dysko, A.; Burt, Graeme M., "Methodology for testing loss of mains detection algorithms for microgrids and distributed generation using real-time power hardware-in-the-loop based technique," Power Electronics and ECCE Asia (ICPE & ECCE), 2011 IEEE 8th International Conference on , vol., no., pp.833,838, May 30, 2011-June 3, 2011
  6. ^ Roscoe, A.J.; Elders, I.M.; Hill, J. E.; Burt, Graeme M., "Integration of a mean-torque diesel engine model into a hardware-in-the-loop shipboard network simulation," Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2010), 5th IET International Conference on , vol., no., pp.1,6, 19–21 April 2010
  7. ^ Robert M. Howe, "Fundamentals of the Analog Computer - circuits, technology, and simulation", IEEE Control Systems Magazine, June 2005, pp. 29-36.
  8. ^ D.W. Hagelbarger, C.E. Howe, and R.M. Howe, “Investigation of the utility of an electronic analog computer in engineering problems", Aeronautical Research Center, Engineering Research Institute, Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, UMM-28, Apr. 1, 1949.
  9. ^ R.M. Howe, "Representation of nonlinear functions by means of operational amplifiers" I.R.E. Trans. Electron. Comput., vol. EC-5, pp.203–206, Dec. 1956.
  10. ^ Robert M. Howe, "Analog Computers in Academia and Industry", IEEE Control Systems Magazine, June 2005, pp. 37-43.
  11. ^ "Applied Dynamics Launches Beta Program for the ADvantage Framework Version 8", August 10, 2001
  12. ^ a b, "ADvantage Framework Release History"