The Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Forum (KSCAF) has chosen the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) licensing model for the open sourcing of the KSCAF Requirements and Guidelines document repositories. KSCAF made the switch to encourage participation in a wider set of domains by making the documents publicly available. Non-Khronos members are allowed to provide expert feedback and high-quality content.
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Open standards are opening up supply options for OEMs and Tier 1s in the automotive industry while also satisfying safety concerns. lya Rudkin, chair of the Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Forum discusses why open standards are increasingly important in safety critical applications in the automotive market. Comprising hardware SoC designers, software developers with safety critical experience, cybersecurity experts, and safety functional managers in various safety critical domains, the forum has combined a wealth of graphic and data compute expertise with functional safety experts. For experienced practitioners in the field of safety critical system design who would like to participate in the advent of industry safety standards for next-generation automotive, Khronos invites them to learn more about the Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Forum here.
Airbus Defence and Space and Core Avionics & Industrial Inc. announced today, at Aerospace TechWeek in Munich, a technology partnership to enable the use of GPU compute in airborne systems and applications that require the highest RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C DAL A safety certifications. Based on the use of CoreAVI’s platforms for safety certifiable applications, including its VkCore™ SC Vulkan®-based compute driver architecture, the two companies will work together to fully define and be ready to deliver software and systems that perform safety critical GPU compute operations to enable the most advanced autonomous systems and other avionics applications that can take advantage of GPU compute functions. CoreAVI chairs Khronos’ Vulkan SC Working Group and is driving forward new standards to support true GPU compute capabilities using graphics processors.
Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group will be chairing a discussion group at Operational Safe Systems for Level 5 Automation (OSS5) on February 28th in San Francisco. Discussions will explore if existing open standards a reasonable starting point for safety critical APIs. The newly formed Vulkan SC Working Group makes a compelling starting point for safety certifiable access to GPU acceleration for graphics and compute.
The Khronos Group today announces the creation of the Vulkan Safety Critical Working Group, to enable safety critical industries to take advantage of advancements in GPU graphics and compute acceleration, and display control, at the highest levels of safety integrity. Safety critical graphics are a key component for industries such as automotive, avionics, medical and energy. As display requirements become more advanced, safety critical graphics APIs must evolve to meet the industries’ needs. Now, automotive and other industries are seeking advanced GPU graphics, compute and display functionality that can be deployed in safety critical systems. In response to this industry demand, this new Khronos Working Group will create open, royalty-free API standards based on the existing Vulkan API specification to enable safety critical industries to utilize advanced graphics and compute acceleration. To best suit these market’s needs, the new API will aim to be compatible with industry standards for safety critical software, such as RTCA DO-178C Level A / EASA ED-12C Level A (avionics); FACE (Future Airborne Capability Environment) (avionics); and ISO 26262 ASIL D (automotive).
Core Avionics & Industrial Inc announced that it will be demonstrating a complete AMD Embedded Radeon E9171-based safety certifiable solution in AMD’s Booth 360 in Hall 1 at Embedded World. This safety critical solution showcases VkCore SC, the industry’s first safety critical Vulkan®-based graphics and compute driver, running VkCoreGL SC 1.0.1 OpenGL SC-based libraries, as well as CoreAVI’s DO-254 hardware IP containing the AMD Embedded Radeon E9171 GPU. Designed from the ground up for safety and efficiency, CoreAVI’s VkCore SC driver is certifiable to RTCA DO-178C/EUROCAE ED-12C up to Design Assurance Level (DAL) A, eliminates the need for separate compute and graphics APIs, enables heightened performance, flexibility, and direct access to the GPU and reduces CPU overhead. VkCoreGL SC 1.0.1 libraries allow legacy OpenGL applications to take advantage of the advanced capabilities of Vulkan while transitioning from OpenGL to Vulkan.
The Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Forum (KSCAF) gathers safety critical experts from a wide range of disciplines, such as transportation and medical imaging, who have experience developing software and products to widely adopting standards. The goal of KSCAF is to develop guidelines and recommendations for engineers creating open standard APIs within Khronos, and elsewhere in the industry, so that those standards can help streamline the product safety certification process. The Forum’s chair looks back on a successful 2018, with plans to expand in the new year ahead.
In April, Khronos introduced the Safety Critical Advisory Forum in response to developers’ growing concerns and demands of functional safety standards on hardware and software. The advice and support that the forum provides to Khronos Working Groups directly contributes to the creation of SC APIs. Members and non-members can contribute in the forum, this blog outlines the benefits of participation.
As technology around artificial intelligence and autonomous driving advances, the need for safety critical systems also grows. Khronos Group has created a Safety Critical Advisory Forum and invites functional safety experts to join the group to advise and help develop open standards for the safety critical domain. By contributing your expertise to Khronos’ safety-critical work, you will enable Khronos and its API designers to deliver safety-critical APIs for a safer autonomous world.
Codeplay is pleased to announce it has joined the MISRA working group for C++ to help move the standards forward to support C++ ‘11 and beyond, enabling software developers to build safety critical systems for automotive. “The goal for us is ultimately to have a Safety Critical Heterogeneous C++ language that is compatible with ISO standards and Khronos open standards.” Illya Rudkin from Codeplay is chair of the Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Panel.
Codeplay has set out its intention to lead the development of guidelines to ensure that standards like OpenCL and SYCL meet the strict safety requirements for a range of industries by leading the Khronos SCAP. Illya Rudkin, Principal Software Engineer at Codeplay, is now leading the Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Panel and continues the work done by Erik Noreke to establish the panel. Erik was a long time member of Khronos and well respected for his leadership in numerous working groups. On his appointment Illya said “My role is to continue the work by Erik and grow the participation of both Khronos members and external safety experts within the group. I also hope to enable the group to bring current and new open standards into the safety domain. The demand for safety critical software is growing and we have to ensure adopters of our standards can implement complex systems, often involving multiple layers, as efficiently possible with minimal concerns to safety cases.” Learn more about the goals that Illya has for The Safety Critical Advisory Panel. Please contact Khronos if you would like more information about becoming a member, or joining and advisory panel.
The Khronos Group today announced the formation of a Safety Critical Advisory Panel to create guidelines for the design of safety critical graphics, compute and vision processing APIs. The Safety Critical Advisory Panel will be open to both Khronos members and invited experts from the industry. Markets such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), autonomous vehicles, robotics and avionics increasingly need advanced acceleration APIs that are designed to provide reliable operation and enable system safety certification. The guidelines will be openly published and adopted as part of Khronos’ proven API design process. Experienced practitioners in the field of safety critical system design are invited to apply for Advisory Panel membership, at no cost, with more details at the Khronos Safety Critical working group page.
The Khronos Group announces the immediate availability of the OpenGL SC 2.0 specification for bringing programmable graphics to systems that require system safety certification. The OpenGL SC 2.0 API specification has been developed by the Khronos Safety Critical working group to address the unique and stringent requirements of high reliability display system markets, including FAA DO-178C and EASA ED-12C Level A for avionics, and ISO 26262 safety standards for automotive. Building on the large number of worldwide customer deployments and successful avionics certifications using OpenGL SC 1.0, OpenGL SC 2.0 enables high reliability system manufacturers to take advantage of modern graphics programmable shader engines while still achieving the highest levels of safety certification. The Official OpenGL SC 2.0 feedback forum is online.
Khronos Safety Critical Working Group Chair Erik Noreke recently spoke at the 4th annual Scandinavian Conference on System and Software Safety (SCSSS). The slides from the presentation are now online.