Middleware and Related Services (MARS) Platform Task Force (PTF)

Rocknest Panorama taken by NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover


To solicit, evaluate, and select specifications for recommendation to the Platform Technology Committee for adoption by the OMG (http://www.omg.org/) in the areas of:

  1. Request Broker Technology - including but not limited to Object Request Brokers (CORBA), Message-Oriented Brokers and other technologies that are the target implementation contexts for Platform Independent Services and their Mappings.
  2. General purpose Pervasive Services that are either:
    • Fundamental for developing useful distributed applications
    • Provide a universal basis for Application Integration and Information Integration, or
    • Support higher-level facilities and frameworks
  3. Mappings for such Pervasive Services to specific middleware platforms, and reference mappings from generic PIM constructs to platform-specific constructs and protocol rules.
  4. Supporting Technologies for Application Integration, Information Integration, and Collaboration


Name Charlotte Wales Peter Denno
Company Jackrabbit Consulting National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Email char@drstavros.com peter.denno@nist.gov

Working Groups (WGs)

MARS hosts a number of WGs that serve as MARS' technology incubators. These WGs are focused on and responsible for advancing a specific technology area. This may include the preparation of and review of responses from RFIs and the preparation of RFPs. There are 5 active working groups at this time:

MARS has four other working groups that are currently on hiatus .

  • Object Database Technologies (Object Database Technology (ODBT) Working Group) Working Group (chartered September 2003; suspended since March 2009)
  • Dynamic Deployment Configuration (DDC) Working Group (chartered September 2010)
  • Software Defined Networks (SDN) Working Group (Chartered March 2013; suspended as of November 2015)
  • Rich Internet Applications (RIA) Working Group (chartered December 2009; suspended as of September 2016)

As needed, these WGs can be re-activated as is or re-purposed. Also as needed, new WGs can be created.

For more information go to their respective wiki pages. To subscribe to the maillists for each WG, send an email to [email protected] or refer to this site http://www.omg.org/members/mailinglists.html

Looking Ahead

  1. Refer to the OMG Technical Meeting Resource Hub for the MARS report which provides more details on the work done in Amsterdam (June 2019) and our plans for the meeting in Nashville, TN (September 2019): http://www.omg.org/cgi-bin/doc?mars/2019-06-30 (OMG member only access).
  2. Use this link to learn what MARS will be working on in Nashville https://www.omg.org/events/tn-19/agendas/MARSPTFCalendar.html. Note that prior to the 4 week deadline for Nashville, it may just be a unscheduled list of agenda items.

Documents Produced During Last Meeting

Coming improvement – one stop shop for all documents produced during the last meeting. Until then (or alternatively), go here: http://www.omg.org/members/cgi-bin/doclistm.cgi (member's only), select year and mars and then hit search. Resulting list will be displayed in reverse document number order.

MARS Technology Roadmap

The latest MARS Roadmap can be found at the MARS home page http://mars.omg.org. Two versions are posted:

  • A public version that requires no password to open. It provides links to issued RFPs, RFCs, and RFIs and adopted submissions (adopted during the current and previous year); all material available to the public. Published as a PDF file only.
  • A member's only version that needs a userid and password to access. Published in two formats: an editable Excel file and a nominally non-editable PDF file.

Reproduced below is the OMG technology process as captured in the MARS Roadmap.

As of December 2014, both include a Statistics tab, which contains graphical depictions of the Cumulative Technology Process State and MARS Technology Process State by Year. Both work with data recorded since November 2002 and are updated after each TC meeting.

MARS collaborates with a number of other Task Forces (C4I, Robotics, Systems Assurance, Government) and SIGs (DDS, Telecoms, Ontology, BlockChain). For example:

  • The IEF WG represents a collaboration between MARS and C4I with as needed involvement of Gov DTF and Ontology PSIG. IEF WG maintains an active dialog with Gov DTF's Info Sharing WG. As needed, the two WGs also meet jointly during the TC meeting week.
  • DDS PSIG serves as the incubator for the many DDS related technology processes handled by MARS; its membership is very active in the IDL WG.
  • MARS, the BlockChain PSIG, and Finance DTF are collaborating in the area of BlockChain technologies. As appropriate, the products of this collaboration will be formally managed by either MARS or FDTF. Right now, it's mostly MARS. (new since 2018)
  • The Cloud WG is working closely with MARS in order to publish revisions to many of the white papers previously published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council (CSSC).
  • Any technology processes relating to security aspects of specifications previously developed by MARS (e.g., DDS Security) are managed by the Systems Assurance PTF but developed in collaboration with MARS.

Links to the respective home pages for these TFs, SIGs, and WGs are provided below:

Other links:

Note: All these sites, except for the Meeting Resource hub, are public sites .. no password required to access.

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