This standard details the functionality and principle interfaces for the ASAAC (Allied Standard Avionics Architecture Council) Network to ensure the interoperability of Common Functional Modules and design guidelines to assist in implementation of such a network. It is one of a set of standards that define an ASAAC Integrated Modular Avionics (IMA) System.
The purpose of this standard is to establish by means of well defined interfaces and functionality, a network design that is technology transparent, that is open to a multi-vendor market and that can make the best use of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) technologies. Therefore, the associated data communication network topology, protocols and technologies are not identified in this document. For these items the document identifies the issues that should be considered when defining a specific network implementation to support the ASAAC architecture and provides guidelines to assist.
Although the physical organisation and implementation of the network shall remain the System Designers choice, in accordance with the best use of the current technology, it is necessary to define interfaces and parameter sets in order to achieve a logical definition of the network with a defined functionality. This definition includes:
- The generic functionality applicable to all networks.
- The logical interfaces to the Operating System and Module Support Layers.
- The physical interfaces to the Common Functional Modules (CFM).