[ros-users] ROS & DDS

Ryan Gariepy rgariepy at clearpathrobotics.com
Fri Feb 14 14:04:54 UTC 2014

Ease of use is *critical*. We're already receiving regular feedback
that the usability of ROS is getting worse with each distribution.


On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 8:43 AM, Ingo Lütkebohle <iluetkeb at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM, Edwards, Shaun M. <sedwards at swri.org> wrote:
>> My main concerns is Geoffrey Biggs' comment below.  Tuning should be a dirty
>> word in software.  I know it's needed, but successful software just works.
>> Ease of use should always be our focus.  It is this single issue that has
>> been the nail in the coffin of every middleware I have used.
> I agree on that.
> One could reasonably argue that the attempt to solve the communication
> problem in a relatively application-independent manner is doomed, and
> that application-specific protocols are the way to go. Some people may
> dismiss that as unrealistic, but I would argue that
> application-specific protocols are the IETF approach, and that it has
> been fairly successful, so far.
> That said, there is a question of what the basis for such developments
> should be, or, in other words, whether the protocols in the DDS family
> are a better foundation for robotics applications than base-level
> I guess answers to that question will be influenced significantly by
> whether you're coming from an enterprise environment, or from an open
> systems environment.
> cheers
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> Ingo Lütkebohle, Dr.-Ing.
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