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Monthly Highlight for 02_02_11

February 2011 Highlight
NIST Spearheads Publication of First Standard for Manufacturing Simulation Data

The Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) announced the release of the Core Manufacturing Simulation Data Standard, SISO-STD-008-2010.  CMSD helps to resolve long-standing interoperability issues that make integrating manufacturing applications and simulation difficult and expensive.  Standards like CMSD help to reduce the systems integration costs incurred by manufacturers due to the lack of systems interoperability across the supply chain, estimated in excess of $5B/year for the automotive industry and almost $3.9B/year for the electronics industry.1 CMSD defines a data interface specification for efficient exchange of manufacturing life cycle data in a simulation environment. The specification provides neutral data interfaces for integrating manufacturing software applications with simulation systems. The recent SISO press release quotes Bill Waite, Chairman and CTO at the AEGIS Technologies Group, "This standard will facilitate data exchange between simulation systems, other software applications, and databases, and will speed the construction of manufacturing simulators.  Ultimately, increased use of modeling and simulation technology in all phases of the manufacturing life-cycle will significantly accelerate productivity and thereby improve economic well-being so strongly dependent on that economic sector."

The Engineering Laboratory's Manufacturing Systems Integration Division developed the initial draft, validated the evolving specification with industrial partners, and led the SISO effort to standardize the CMSD specification.  Swee Leong, Frank Riddick, and Tina Lee have held the elected positions of Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary respectively.  Riddick and Lee have also served as the official editors for the SISO standards-related documents. A beta version of a CMSD application has been adopted in the development of a potentially lucrative commercial product, tentatively named "eVSM to QUEST," by the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc

SISO is an international organization dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation interoperability and reuse for the benefit of a broad range of M&S communities.  It is dedicated to the promotion of modeling and simulation interoperability and reuse for the benefit of diverse M&S communities, including developers, procurers, and users world-wide.

1Source: 2004 Economic Impact of Inadequate Infrastructure for Supply Chain Integration Final Report (

Contact: Swee Leong, 301-975-5426
Category: Technical Accomplishment

Created March 17, 2011, Updated June 2, 2021