[ros-users] Enterprise Version of ROS

Adolfo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian adolfo.rodriguez at pal-robotics.com
Fri Apr 13 17:12:31 UTC 2012

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 5:07 AM, Edwards, Shaun M. <sedwards at swri.org>wrote:

>  All,****
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> We have been using ROS for some time now.  Projects that originally
> started as research are now maturing to the point where they need to be
> deployed.  As we have started moving ROS from research applications to real
> world applications  it is becoming very clear that stability, safety, and
> reliability are of chief concerns to our customers.  For early adopters, we
> can alleviate these issues by standing behind the software as a whole,
> including ROS.  After all, sometimes it is easier to support an open
> software solution than it is a closed solution, since not all closed source
> software vendors live up to our customers expectations.****
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> I would like to gauge community interest in creating a group whose purpose
> is to test, review, and certify robust, stable, and safe  Enterprise
> versions of ROS.  This may be a group of volunteers, but I fully expect
> that such a group would need significant funding, hopefully by commercial
> and other large users.  It is also possible that a company could be create
> for or step into this role, much like RedHat.****
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> Is anybody open to this idea?  Is this a good idea?  Has anybody else
> seen/expressed this need?  Is ROS at the point where this makes sense?
> What do you think?

We at PAL Robotics would be open to the idea, yes. Probably the first step
would be to start discussing what are the expectations of the interested
parties, and determine the scope of "test, review, and certify robust,
stable, and safe", as well as a sensible timeline to start making
incremental progress. I personally have never participated in the
certification of HW/SW, but I have co-workers that have, and from their
experience, I can tell that there is a _lot_ to talk about.

How would you see the certification process taking place, as something like
a LTS distribution, that comes out every n ROS distributions?. I'm guessing
that officially certifying safe, robust and stable software is a costly
process that will have slower dynamics than that of regular ROS releases.

So, yes, there is interest!. I hope there is more out there.



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> Shaun Edwards****
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> Manufacturing System Department****
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Adolfo Rodríguez Tsouroukdissian
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