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This half-day interactive workshop will provide an overview of the SCA specification. It will describe the fundamental principles behind the SCA framework and its use for the development of Software Defined Radios. The workshop will describe what the SCA is and what it is not. It will summarize the evolution of the specification and provide an overview of the upcoming release dubbed SCA Next.


About your workshop leaders:

Steve Bernier is a research manager at the Communications Research Centre (CRC) Canada where he leads the advanced radio systems group. His group is focused on providing solutions to help industry with the development of SCA software-defined radios. Steve joined CRC in 1999 and became the project leader and lead architect for the CRC Software Communications Architecture (SCA) products. Recognized as thought leaders, Steve and his team have made several key contributions to the SCA specification. The CRC team received the Wireless Innovation Forum’s International Achievement Award for its contributions to SDR and the SCA. Before joining the CRC, he worked for Lockheed Martin where he developed message-oriented middleware for embedded real-time distributed systems. Steve received his B.Sc. in computer science and his M.Sc. from the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada.

Dr Juan Pablo Zamora Zapata is a Software Researcher within the Advanced Radio System group at the Communications Research Centre, Canada. Dr. Zamora Zapata participates in technical design, modeling efforts, and quality assurance related to CRC’s SCARI++ Software Suite, which include Core Frameworks compliant with the Software Communications Architecture (SCA) and Software tools that accelerate the development of Software Defined Radio (SDR) Applications.


For over 50 years, the Communications Research Centre (CRC), Canada, has been providing technical expertise to both the Government of Canada and industry in satellite, terrestrial, wireless, and optical communications. Through its research, CRC is helping to address emerging challenges in information and communications technologies (ICT).

CRC is a source of advice and support for the Canadian federal government in the development of policies, regulations and standards; and of ICT applications in areas such as national defence, public safety, and space-based communications. CRC also shares its expertise with the ICT sector to develop and commercialize products and services.

CRC is recognized as a world leader in software development for SDR technology. Maker of the JTRS certified SCA reference implementation (SCARI), CRC also offers the most comprehensive integrated development environment for the SCA. CRC has been intimately involved in driving the evolution of the SCA and draws from its long experience to offer consulting services and training. CRC's team is constantly pushing the limits to improve performance, collaborating with best-in-class partners to support the major RTOS, ORBS, processors, boards and systems.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Introduction

9:15 The SCA and Component-Based Development (CBD)

10:15 The SCA Modelling language

11:00 Networking Coffee Break

11:15 The SCA Through Sequence Diagrams

11:45 What Does SCA Next change?

12:15 Questions & Closing Remarks

12:30 Close of Workshop


Copthorne Tara Hotel

Scarsdale Place
London W8 5SR
United Kingdom

Copthorne Tara Hotel

The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.




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