What is a Product Development Group?

Affiliation Data

SISO-ADM-003 states, "All PDG members shall be SISO members. All PDG members shall disclose their affiliation upon registration and shall update their affiliation with the PDG Secretary when any change in affiliation occurs. Only SISO members with completed affiliation information will be allowed voting rights in a PDG."

Product Development Groups (PDGs) are formed as a result of approved Product Nominations to develop or revise SISO Balloted Products. The PDG is involved in building consensus amongst members, balancing the composition of the ballot group, and resolving ballot comments with ballot group members. The PDG may assume a dual role under another standards organization with which SISO has an agreement to work cooperatively (e.g., IEEE Computer Society Standards Activities Board and IEEE Standards Association).  All PDG members shall be SISO members and shall complete the affiliation data form.

You are considered a Member of a specific PDG if you have...
1.  Registered with our site. To register select "Log In" at the top left of the page, select "Register", and complete the registration form.
2.  A current SISO membership (required by SISO-ADM-002).
3.  Completed the Affiliation Data Form for the group you are joining (located at the bottom of each group's webpage).

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Product Development Groups

Compressed-Distributed Interactive Simulation (C-DIS)
The Compressed-Distributed Interactive Simulation (C-DIS) PDG is developing a standard product to allow more complex interactions in LVC over a (limited bandwidth) radio frequency (RF) network. This protocol is intended as a application layer that bridges from the ground station to the live platforms and between live platforms. It may also be used in limited bandwidth bus applications.

C2SIM PDG & PSG - Command and Control Systems - Simulation Systems Interoperation 
The Command and Control Systems - Simulation Systems Interoperation (C2SIM) PDG and Product Support Group (PSG) together form one lifecycle product group empowered over the product lifecycle to develop and support products. The functions of the PDG and PSG are distinct, but memberships are common, and administrative reporting will be as one group to consolidate administrative overhead. In addition to new products under development, the PSG supports these two SISO Standards Products:
   -  SISO-STD-007-2008, Standard for Military Scenario Definition Language
   -  SISO-STD-011-2014, Standard for Coalition Battle Management Language (C-BML) Phase 1

Cyber DEM PDG - Cyber Data Exchange Model
The Cyber DEM seeks to represent cyber events and objects in a format independent of simulation interoperability solutions, but which is unambiguously translatable to those solutions. 

DIS PDG - Distributed Interactive Simulation
The PDG is developing a revision of  IEEE Std 1278.1™-2012, IEEE Standard for Distributed Interactive Simulation--Application Protocols.  The revision implements a new generation and version of the application protocols.

DMS-MSR PDG - Discovery Metadata Specification for M&S Resources 
The purpose of this group, initiated in February 2020, is to develop a metadata standard to describe modeling and simulation (M&S) resources in a manner that will be useful to the international M&S community in discovering various types of M&S-related resources, including, but not limited to, models, simulations, simulation federations, M&S-related tools, data sets, services, standards, and points of contact. The document product will build upon the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Community of Interest (COI) Discovery Metadata Specification (MSC-DMS) developed under the U.S. DoD, and other previous metadata efforts. A product data file will also be developed to define the metadata unambiguously.

HLA PDG - High-Level Architecture
The PDG is developing revisions of these IEEE Standards:
- IEEE Std 1516™-2010, IEEE Standard for Modeling and Simulation High Level Architecture — Framework and Rules
- IEEE Std 1516.1™-2010, IEEE Standard for Modeling and Simulation High Level Architecture — Federate Interface Specification
- IEEE Std 1516.2™-2010, IEEE Standard for Modeling and Simulation High Level Architecture — Object Model Template Specification

HPML PDG - Human Performance Markup Language
The PDG is developing a SISO Standards Product for Human Performance Markup Language. HPML is an XML schema-based language intended to cover all meaningful aspects of human performance measurement in various training and operational environments. The PDG is also developing the supplementary SISO Product Data Files.

RIEDP PDG - Reuse and Interoperation of Environmental Data & Processes
The PDG is developing products to harmonize environmental data representations and generation processes at a level after the source data stage, but before the run-time/proprietary stage, recognizing that there is a broad range within this band. This will be achieved by retaining the data form (or format) as close to the source data as possible in order to benefit from GIS tools, while at the same time keeping the internal data consistency (intrinsic correlation factor), and not introducing specific target application constraints at this level that should be addressed separately by each target application during run-time. The PDG is producing two complementary products:

RPR FOM PDG – Real-time Platform Reference FOM
The current RPR FOM version 2 (SISO-STD-001-2015) is the most widely used HLA FOM for interoperability between platform-oriented defense and security simulations.
The task of the PDG is to produce RPR FOM version 3 that shall facilitate the interoperability with simulations using the Distributed Interactive Simulation standard IEEE Std 1278.1-2012 (“DIS 7”). The RPR FOM version 3 shall support federations developed using HLA 1.3, IEEE Std 1516-2000 and IEEE Std 1516-2010.

SIRL PDG - Simulation Interoperability Readiness Levels
Rapidly and accurately determining whether a set of simulations can be integrated to produce a working, federated simulation producing valid results remains one of the key challenges for distributed simulation. This joint effort between the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO) Federation Engineering Agreements Template (FEAT) Product Support Group (PSG), Distributed Simulation Engineering and Execution Process (DSEEP) PSG, and Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) Product Development Group (PDG) is a step toward producing a systems engineering artifact-based approach to addressing that challenge. The methodology is called Simulation Interoperability Readiness Levels (SIRL).

TADIL TALES PDG & PSG - Tactical Digital Information Link-Technical Advice and Lexicon for Enabling Simulation
The Tactical Digital Information Link (TADIL) Technical Advice and Lexicon for Enabling Simulation (TALES) Product Development Group (PDG) and Product Support Group (PSG), referred to as the TADIL TALES PDG & PSG, is a combined product group that is empowered over the product lifecycle to develop and support all SISO tactical datalink simulation standards. The functions of the PDG and PSG are distinct, but with a combined group, administrative reporting and overhead is greatly reduced.

Select the TADIL TALES PDG & PSG link above to see the current SISO datalink simulation standards that have been approved and those that are in development.

UCATT PDG & PSG -  Urban Combat Advanced Training Technologies
The UCATT PDG is developing a family of SISO products providing interoperability for live simulations. The PDG published the first SISO Standard in May 2016.  To date, the UCATT PDG has published four SISO Products:
  -  SISO-STD-016-00-2016, Standard for UCATT Laser Engagement Interface
  -  SISO-GUIDE-003-00-2016, Guide for UCATT Live Simulation Standards and Architecture
  -  SISO-REF-059-00-2015, Reference for UCATT Ammunition Table
  -  SISO-REF-073-00-2020, Test Plan for UCATT Laser Engagement Interface

The PDG is analyzing user requirements, use cases, and technology relevant to providing interoperability for live simulations and is developing products that implement a functional architecture with clear definitions for specific interfaces which should be standardized. The approach for standardizing the proposed UCATT interfaces is to generate a family of related products with multiple elements and where each member of the family addresses a particular interface. The overarching standard that will be submitted to SISO for approval will specify all physical interfaces incrementally. Each physical interface will be included as an appendix to the specification.

VV&A Products PDG - Verification, Validation & Accreditation/Acceptance Products 
The PDG is developing IEEE 1730.2 Distributed Simulation Engineering and Execution Process (DSEEP) Verification and Validation (V&V) Overlay. The V&V Overlay has been designed to apply across a wide range of functional applications. The purpose of this overlay is to provide a more detailed view of the V&V processes implied by the DSEEP.

WebLVC PDG - Web Live, Virtual, Constructive 
The PDG is developing a SISO Standards Product for a WebLVC Protocol.
Product Nominations
View  approved Product Nominations (PNs) in the Digital Library. The PN template shall be used by groups to nominate a product or products to be developed.  Instructions for using the PN template are also provided.
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Comment on Document
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A Product Development Group may organize its members into three different types of groups:

 PDG Drafting Group

 PDG Assigned Reviewers

 Volunteer Reviewers