IEC60870-5-104 at openSCADA

After a while of struggling the decision was made to remove the IEC60870 implementation from Eclipse SCADA and move it to openSCADA. Hopefully in the future the IEC will have a clear opinion on open source implementations of their protocols so we can move it back. Until then, the protocol implementation will be maintained at openSCADA, but still can be used with Eclipse SCADA.

This also means that the code, since it was initially created under the EPL, will stay EPL and so we are relicensing the other parts of openSCADA also under the EPL. This will start with the most recent release of 1.3.0-M6 and will be the default for future releases. Of course the older releases, and external dependency will stay the way they were. Although the license is EPL, the content is not distributed by the Eclipse Foundation.

On the bright side, the IEC 60870 implementation is now also available through github.

Also did we enable the generation of javadoc for the newest milestone. A thing that we already did for Eclipse SCADA in the last release. The main entry point for this is at http://neutronium.openscada.org/javadoc/.

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IEC 60870 Test Client

Most parts of Eclipse SCADA and openSCADA are made to be reused in many different ways. Our goal is not only to add another functionality but to implement it in a modular way so that it can be reused for other purposes. The best example for this might be openSCADA Utgard, our plain Java OPC DA client library.

However we now created another nice tool by reusing the IEC 60870-5-104 library which will be part of the upcoming openSCADA or Eclipse SCADA release.

By adding a nice and easy to understand user interface, and implementing the data layer using existing interfaces, we made our self the tool we wanted to have during the initial development of the IEC 60870 protocol stack. A simple to use, but stable test client for 60870-5-104.

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Rebooting the build system

While we are working on Eclipse SCADA 0.2.0, we had to make some breaking changes on the openSCADA build system.

After most of the code has been migrated from openSCADA to Eclipse SCADA, the massive build system that was present became quite an issue bringing out new builds of openSCADA itself. openSCADA is an extension to Eclipse SCADA and brings the OPC and SNMP driver, together with packages for Postgres and the necessary configurator plugins for the IDE.

So today we pushed the changes which will break the old build system. This means that openSCADA 1.2.0 will no longer be built and published to “download.openscada.org”, “repo.openscada.org” or the other “apt” and “yum” domains. Instead of having a multi part build which requires a lot of manual interactions when creating a release build, we switched to using Maven Tycho and an aggregated build, bringing out all parts of openSCADA at the same time.

In order to preserve the existing download artifacts, the old domains will be available, but won’t be updated any longer. Also will the nightly builds of 1.2.0 be kept available. But they won’t be updated anymore. And also the upcoming 1.2.0 release will be done using the new build system.

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Eclipse SCADA 0.1.0 Released

What would have been openSCADA 1.2.0 is now Eclipse SCADA 0.1.0.

Have a look at the release announcement at eclipse.org.

We intend to make an openSCADA release 1.2.0 in the next few weeks. It will contain the additions to Eclipse SCADA 0.1.0:

  • OPC Driver
  • SNMP Driver
  • REST Implemenation
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Big data, a new historian

While openSCADA and Eclipse SCADA already have some simple value archive that can store values for years, including master/slave replication and composite servers, we know that the archive won’t scale beyond the boundaries of one server.

That is why we started thinking of having one “big data” like historian for Eclipse SCADA. We started playing around a little bit with HBase and came up with some pretty nice ideas. Hadoop and HBase as a backend allow us to scale the way we want to.

Since we started by building an extension to our current value archive system, we started the development inside the Eclipse SCADA project, and are still tracking some design thoughts there. However it became obvious very soon that this system would not only work for Eclipse SCADA, but could also be used by other systems as long as we keep the interfaces as open as possible. So hopefully this project will end up as a new Eclipse project beside Eclipse SCADA.

So what is the current state of all this? It is an early development stage! We do have a specific use case in the moment that we want to build and for this it seems to be ready. We also have a lot of ideas in our minds that could be implemented. For the moment our focus is on realizing our use case and once we achieved that, we want to make a first release of the source code.

Here is what already works:

  • Creating value stores and storing data in raw format
  • Compacting raw data to more efficient storage formats
  • Extracting data from the storage using a CSV format
  • Query before and after the query region

Things that we need to do first:

  • We do want to compress doubles depending in their value. Since this will influence the storage format, we do want to make this as soon as possible.
  • Create a build system. Building from the IDE is ok for some time. But not for long.

Next:

  • Create a HTTP based collector framework with buffering
  • Implement an Eclipse SCADA collector module
  • REST API
  • Extend the Native API
  • Lots more…

Peek:

Haystack data exported to Eclipse Birt using the HTTP CSV servlet.

Haystack data exported to Eclipse Birt using the HTTP CSV servlet.

A simple Eclipse RAP based Query UI

A simple Eclipse RAP based Query UI

The output of the CSV export servlet

The output of the CSV export servlet

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Eclipse SCADA MSI downloads

Finally we do have some MSI packages for the windows platform again. In the past we used AdvancedInstaller as our installation tool for the OSTC (openSCADA Admin Client). But this tool is not open source and therefore does not fit into the Eclipse SCADA project. As an alternative we use the Wix Toolset now.

The process of creating MSI files using Wix needs to be performed on some Windows machine, which is the reason why this is no automated process right now. But we will create MSI files for the milestone releases. On the bright side these MSI files will now be signed by the Eclipse Foundation, after bug 426371 has been resolved.

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Milestone (0.1.0-M3)esac_0.1.0-M3_x86.msiesac_0.1.0-M3_x64.msi
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DA item trace console

It was there is in the past, a long time ago. A console view that traces changes of a data item, in detail. Now it is back, but this time based on the Eclipse Console framework which solves all the issues the previous version had. It is available in the recent version of the Eclipse SCADA Admin Client.

os_da_console

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Wireshark dissector for NGP

This is something we wanted to do a long time ago. But now we needed it … a wireshark dissector for the Eclipse SCADA NGP protocol stack. You can get the source from github (ctron/eclipse-scada-ngp-dissector).

es_ws_dis1

Due to the complexity of the NGP protocol stack, we were only able to implement to message channel layer of the protocol. Also the streaming compression and SSL/TLS are not supported at the moment. But on the bright side it can handle TCP fragmentation and multiple packets in one TCP packet. Hopefully we can extend it a little bit in the future. For the moment it is a good start.

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Milestone release M2 of Eclipse SCADA

On friday we released M2 of the ongoing development towards 0.1.0. It contains new features and bug fixes. We also tested the whole new release workflow for the second time.

The most interesting new features might be the extensions to modbus and the REST API.

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Milestone Release 0.1.0.M1 of Eclipse SCADA

It was hard work. But we finally have started the release cycle for 0.1.0 with the first milestone build today.

https://hudson.eclipse.org/scada/job/aggregator-release/2/

The documentation of how to perform the release build is here in the Eclipse Wiki.

The “adminclient” (formerly “ostc”) can be downloaded here:

The yum repository is here: http://download.eclipse.org/eclipsescada/repos/milestone/0.1.0/yum/
The debian packages (currently no APT repository): http://download.eclipse.org/eclipsescada/repos/milestone/0.1.0/deb/

The P2 repository is here: http://download.eclipse.org/eclipsescada/updates/milestone/0.1.0/

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