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					OpenGC on Linux
Presented to

Linux Users Group of Davis
By

John Wojnaroski castle@mminternet.com

7 May 2002

INTRODUCTION  Objective
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Develop open source set of cockpit displays Cross platform support added Support home cockpit developers/builders

 Began working on the project in October 2001
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Response to Curtis Olson email query Decision to use network interfaces Provides two way communications

 Initial version hosted on SourceForge
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http://www.opengc.org

PROJECT STATUS/OVERVIEW  Source is C++  Builds with Linux and Cygwin  Gnu automake  CMake  Third Party Software  “Borrows heavily” from Simgear  freetype and ftgl font engine and libraries  OpenGL and glut  Hardware  Accelerated graphics board  GeForce2 MX with twin monitors a plus  Ethernet LAN  Replace some displays with hardware ( $ permitting)  Primary focus  Integration with FlightGear  Functional set of flight displays

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Accurate representation of in-flight operations Scalable displays

PROGRAM CAPABILITIES  Provides both file based and command line arguments * Current version has four primary instruments/gauges  Primary Flight Display (PFD)  Navigation Display (ND)  Engine and Crew Alert System (EICAS)  AFDS Mode Control Panel ( AFDS_MCP)  Preliminary Flight Mgmt Computer (FMC)  Easy creation of new gauges and components  Simple maintenance/modifications  Lead in to a design language capability?

 Gauge components are members of gauge class  Creating objects from common template  Supports FSUIPC and UDP/TCP data sources  FG interface is UDP for data and TCP for control inputs  IP address, ports, settable with file or command line  Maintain common data structure between programs

DEMONSTRATION  FlightGear provides external scenery and flight dynamics model  OpenGC provides the cockpit, navigation, and autopilot  Departure and ILS approach to KSFO

 Operation of Flight Management Computer (FMC

SUMMARY  Gain around 10-12 fps on FG side  Good frame rate with hardware accelerators  Flexible installation/definition of gauges  Straight forward build process  So where’s the challenge?
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Cross platform/OS support Internal state and logic of FMC and displays Generalized network interface for data and control Cross platform network connectivity


				
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