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  EADS-ST, Coordinator EADS SPACE Transportation France



  HLRS High Performance Computing Centre Germany


  MTA SZTAKI DSD Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Department of Distributed Systems Hungary



EADS SPACE Transportation

EADS SPACE Transportation (EADS-ST) is a 100% subsidiary of the EADS N.V. group, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (see This subsidiary is specialised in launching systems both for military purpose (strategic ballistic missile launched from submarine) and civil purpose. The ARIANE family of heavy launcher (ARIANE 4 and ARIANE 5) has been complemented by a medium one: STARSEM jointly with Russia, and a new light one is under development: VEGA jointly with Italy.

In addition to launching system, EADS-ST is also in charge of the ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle). ATV will re-supply the ISS (International Space Station) with freight (water, food for the astronauts, materials for the experiment) propellant, oxygen,... ATV will also re-lift the ISS and act as a garbage collector before performing a destructive re-entry.

For ATV program EADS-ST acts as prime contractor on behalf of its customer: ESA (European Space Agency). Hence, it is fully responsible for all technical issues (especially the payload performances) programmatic and budget constraints. For ATV program like for almost its program EADS-ST is sharing the development and production work at a large scale throughout Europe. For instance, Italy has the responsibility for the cargo vehicle, Germany for the propulsion,.... Furthermore this work sharing could be far more intimate, even for a critical subsystem like the automatic rendezvous, the work is also shared between several partners.

Since 1994, EADS-ST has included the Distributed Simulation technologies in its key strategies of research, by experimenting the DIS and HLA standards and by prototyping the geographical distribution of some simulation facilities with Hardware-In-the-Loop over Europe. EADS-ST has a long experience of international co-operation and has actively participated to European Community RTD programs. It was the Coordinator of ATV-DSD and EDISON projects, already related to distributed simulation.

All projects where EADS-ST was involved have been completed in compliance with their respective Project Program, because those projects like GeneSyS are always in line with the priority topics of our self-funding company research program. This ensures the technical inputs and human resources (quality and quantity) are dedicated to the projects, furthermore the upper-level management is monitoring the progress and periodically reviewing how the results could be exploited within the company and the EADS N.V. Group.

EADS-ST is also investing new business opportunities including the valorisation of the results acquired in those projects. This is typically the case with the results of EDISON which are packaged as GTI6 (Generalised Tool for Interoperable systems), especially the supervisor of GTI6 will be a key background IPR for GeneSyS.

The results of GeneSyS will benefit of the GTI6 exploitation strategy and will complement the range of products and services (see

EADS-ST will mainly behave as User by validating the GeneSyS product in front of its training and engineering applications in the space domain.

Key persons:

Jean-Eric BOHDANOWICZ (29 years old) graduated from the ENSEA in computing science and electronics with a speciality in the network and telecoms fields. He managed several studies on networking supervision for EADS SPACE Transportation in both fields of R&D and industrial applications and in an international context. He will be candidate for the GeneSyS Project Manager role.

Daniel CLAUDE (53 years old) graduated from Sup'Aero in aeronautical engineering and joined Aerospatiale in 1970. He hold various positions in computing like: embedded avionics systems development, European Value Added Network Services development (APEX EUREKA project and EANS company). In 1994 he became the deputy manager for the electrical ground systems engineering department (150 people) at Aerospatiale Space & Defense. Now at ELV, his responsibilities range from Control/Command for Ariane launchers and the French nuclear forces, integration platforms for on-board electrical sub-system, to simulation facilities used at different level of the product lifecycle. He has been involved in RACE EDID, ESPRIT ADONNIS, and is in charge of ESPRIT SEDRES, ATV-DSD and EDISON.




NAVUS GmbH ( was founded in 1995 as a software development company for scientific applications. Our location (Ravensburg) is close to a main high-tech region "Euregio" around Lake Bodensee, which is connecting Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Nearby our office we have companies like Sulzer, MTU, ZF Friedrichshafen or Dornier (now DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, EADS, Astrium).

Our company was founded to provide professional IT services to those companies, focussing on high tech and scientific applications.

We did a number of projects for GIS, military and medical research applications between 1995 and 2000. In 2000 we expanded our activities to Internet based solutions and focused on Java technology.

Since 2000 we delivered applications for e-banking, industry, logistics, healthcare and B2B / B2C e-commerce. Among our customers are well known companies like Schweizer Rentenanstalt / Swiss Life, Bosch, Astrium, Siemens, and many others. All applications are based on multi-tier Java technology (J2EE).

Our projects have to match the following criterias as our main business principles:

  • available (readily accessible to users when needed, now & in the future)
  • reliable (consistently meeting user-defined quality & standards)
  • affordable (overall benefits justify the costs)
  • scalable (fulfilling performance demands of users in any status of
  • operations)

Beside of our focus on application development, we created a new category of software, called "Webware". Our webware products are fully Internet based and ready-to-use solutions. The server based part includes the business logic and is hosted on our server. The client is available for download and is installed automatically on any operating system that can run a Java Virtual Machine.

Knowing that ESA is interested as well in the Java technology as a possible future platform for on-board or ground-based applications, we decided in March 2002 to register as an official supplier for ESA (SME status) and to further develop our Java technology for a possible use in future projects. As a result, we received a first ESA contract for the ARTES-5 programme in December 2002.

Key person:

Hendrik HEIMER (41 years old) has nearly 20 years of experience in different management positions in industry. After studying Aerospace Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and working as a freelancer and consultant, he became Director of IT at Hudson Textile Manufacturing. The next step was a position as Director of Development at CSB Software, a German market leader for healthcare solutions. In 1995 he founded NAVUS, focussing on software solutions for scientific and military projects. Now the main area of work are ESA and EC projects. Beside of software technology, he is developing business strategies for dissemination and exploitation for those project.

Paul DOURIAGUINE (28 years old) holds a Masters Degree in Radio Physics and Electronics with a major in Computing and Systems Engineering from Kazan State University. Among several academic honors and recognitions he received grants from the Soros' Foundation for outstanding research and academic achievements. Before joining NAVUS, he was a technical team leader for the global software engineering team at BT Looksmart, Sydney, Australia.

High Performance Computing Centre

The High Performance Computing Centre (HLRS) is affiliated to the University of Stuttgart and maintains in addition to its services for academic users close relationships with industry. HLRS has been the first national supercomputer centre to be established by the German government and has been working for a long time in the Metacomputing and GRID area. HLRS operates supercomputers owned by hww, a public-private partnership consortium comprising among HLRS and others the German Telecom and the sports car manufacturing Porsche AG.

HLRS will provide technology oriented and state-of-the-art knowledge on development processes, networking and standardisation aspects that are crucial for the definition of advanced and effective software services for the GeneSyS architecture. HLRS is a technology provider that will influence the GeneSyS architecture from its experiences within the Metacomputing area and from other national and EU wide projects in the area of GRID and distributed computing. HLRS can contribute its expertise in software engineering and object oriented programming during the analysis, design and implementation phase of the GeneSyS system.

The Software Technology Group at HLRS is both, a service and a research division. As a service division it offers conceptual advice on, teaching in and implementation of web applications and the accounting and billing process of the supercomputing facilities of HLRS. As a research division it is involved in ambitious European research projects focusing on emerging web technologies and the grid, leveraging the potential of the technologies to their full extent.

Key person:

Stefan Wesner has been heading the Software Technology Group since 2000. He is coordinating the GRID-computing activities and the research in emerging technologies such as Web-Services and Component based software architectures. Stefan Wesner is also giving lectures in the area of Software Engineering and Java Programming at the University of Stuttgart for Mechanical Engineering students. Furthermore, he was responsible for the German GRID research project UNICORE Plus and participates in the German E-Learning project GIMOLUS. From 1997 to 1999 he was a member of the Communication Systems department. There he was responsible for several international projects, like ACTS ATHOC (ATM over Hybrid Fibre Coax), ACTS COMIQS (Commerce Through MPEG-4 over the Internet). He is responsible for HLRS in several European research projects

Stefan Wesner obtained his diploma degree from the University of Saarbrücken (DE) in Electrical Engineering in 1997. Stefan Wesner has already actively participated in standardisation bodies in the domain of ISO/MPEG-4. He has been co-author of an MPEG-4/RTP IETF Internet-Draft and has written several contributions to the ISO/MPEG-4 standard.




The Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA SZTAKI, was founded in 1972. Currently it is the largest institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for research and development in the fields of computer sciences and automation. The present staff consists of about 320 employees, out of which about 250 are university graduates, 60 people have intermediate education, and an assistant staff of about 60 is also available.

Since its early years of foundation, the Institute has been undertaking industrial application tasks, as well. The main fields of target research and development are as follows:

  • local and wide area computer networks,

  • distributed information management systems, groupware systems,

  • World Wide Web and digital library systems,

  • information and banking systems, office automation,

  • real-time industrial supervision systems and industrial process control,

  • expert- and knowledge-based systems,

  • hypermedia applications (e.g. in educational informatics),

  • CAD, CAM, CIM applications (surface modelling, cell simulation) and robotics,

  • decision-support systems,

  • software quality assurance.

In the fields mentioned, the Institute's target research and development activity aims primarily at creating custom-designed computer based applications, implementing the related software and providing turn-key systems. Scientists and engineers have the necessary field-specific expertise (theoretical, technological and methodological experience) by which they can complete - in close co-operation with potential users - the functional plan of the system to be implemented, followed by software design and system development. The Institute undertakes the teaching-in and training of users, system installation and supervision in the starting phase of operation, as well as the follow-up of its software products.

Department of Distributed Systems (DSD)

The primary aim of this department ( is the research and development of distributed computer applications including World Wide Web-based software systems, groupware applications and services, digital library systems, digital art projects and audio/video conferencing environments. DSD has professional experiences with JAVA, CORBA and XML technologies.

Department of Distributed Systems (DSD) was/is participating within the following EC funded projects as full research and developer partner:

  • Web4Groups (TAP RE 1010): Transfer of Knowledge between Research, Education, Business and Public Administration through the World Wide Web

  • DELOS (ESPRIT LTR No. 21057):  Digital Library project

  • SELECT (TAP RE 4008): Rating and Filtering of Scientific, Technical and other Network Documents.
  • KNIXMAS (INCO-Copernicus): Knowledge Shared XPS-based Research Network Using Multi-Agent Systems
  • DELOS Network of Excellence on Digital Libraries (IST-1999-12262)

Key person:

Dr. Laszlo KOVACS, technical doctor in computer science, is the founder and head of the Department of Distributed Systems (DSD) at MTA SZTAKI, the Computer and Automation Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. During his career he was involved in different projects in the areas of computer network protocol design, specification, verification and implementation.  He taught years in different foreign universities and research establishments including the University of Montreal (Canada), University of Delaware (USA)  and the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan (France). Currently his interests include R&D of distributed groupware applications, World Wide Web services, CSCW (Computer Supported Cooperative Work), distributed digital library systems. At present, multimedia services, audio/video conferencing and virtual digital art are also included in his professional activities. He is the member of the Advisory Committee of World Wide Web Consortium.