D-MILS is a Specific Targeted Research Project (STREP) of the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (FP7) - the European Union's chief instrument for funding research over the period 2007 to 2013.


The D-MILS Project

Modern critical systems bear great responsibilities and face escalating challenges. Distributed systems for critical applications are costly and time-consuming to develop and to certify. Since there is little automated support for early assurance that a system faithfully implements its architectural design and satisfies its requirements, qualification testing and certification processes often reveal deficiencies that require costly late changes. MILS provides compositional system construction and assurance, leveraging individually developed and assured components to predict and assure the properties of composite systems. By providing a modular high-assurance platform and a framework for the certification of systems built on that platform, MILS reduces the cost and time for development, certification, and maintenance of dependable systems.

Distributed MILS relies on extensions to a MILS separation kernel and the addition of a MILS network subsystem using a hardware-based, time-triggered Ethernet “backplane”. It will be possible, for the first time, for an application architecture to seamlessly span multiple computer systems, with scalable deterministic operation over a set of nodes, opening many new practical application areas for MILS. Automated assistance, as being developed and applied in this project, is indispensable for the development and verification of dependable distributed systems. System architects, developers, integrators, installers, operators, and particularly the organizations and populations that depend on critical systems, will benefit from the resulting assurances that many of the sources of errors that lead to added cost and dangerous failures of critical systems can be eliminated.

Results of the Distributed MILS project will establish a common framework for critical system construction and certification, encouraging innovation among component and service suppliers, and leading to improved dependability while reducing the cost to develop, certify and deploy trustworthy critical systems in the EU.

D-MILS News Forum

Final results available for download

The final set of reports from the D-MILS project have been made available for download. Click on the Results tab at the top of the website to access the complete list of available reports.Continue

Started by Scott Hansen in News Dec 3, 2015.

Paper on HyComp model checker for hybrid systems

The paper "HyComp: an SMT-based Model Checker for Hybrid Systems" by Alessandro Cimatti, Alberto Griggio, Sergio Mover, and Stefano Tonetta has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the…Continue

Started by Stefano Tonetta in News Jan 28, 2015.

International Workshop on MILS: Architecture and Assurance for Secure Systems, Amsterdam, 20 January 2015

We are pleased to inform all of those interested in more information concerning D-MILS technologies that there will be a half-day workshop organised at the …Continue

Started by Scott Hansen in News Nov 17, 2014.

Paper on Model-Based Assurance Cases

The paper "Weaving an Assurance Case from Design: A Model-Based Approach", authored by team members Richard Hawkins and Tim Kelly with colleagues from the University of York, has been accepted at the…Continue

Started by Richard Hawkins in News Oct 24, 2014.

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D-MILS is partially funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme for Information and Communications Technologies.

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