The Evolution of the Aviation Software Assurance Standard, DO-178B/ED-12B Working towards DO-178C/ED-12C

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The Evolution of the Aviation Software Assurance Standard, DO-178B/ED-12B Working towards DO-178C/ED-12C

Abstract

A Joint Committee RTCA/SC205 and EUROCAE/WG71 has been working on the revision to DO-178B and related documents for several years. DO-178B was published over 17 years ago, and as software technology has evolved, so has the need to update this document. The new revision will be called DO-178C/ED-12C. This revised core document will have additional supplements to support new technologies, for example, Model based development, Object oriented technologies, and Formal methods. In addition, document DO-248B/ED-94B “Clarification of DO-178B”, will be revised and so will DO-278, which addresses ground based systems. This presentation will describe the changes already agreed and those still being proposed for these documents, and explain some of the rationale behind these changes. These documents will become certification guidance material, and will affect all those involved in software for airplanes and related ground based systems.


last updated 30 November 2009 - cgr