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May 23, 2023

Ep. 018: What’s all the fuss about Platforms? - Len Granowetter

Ep. 018: What’s all the fuss about Platforms? - Len Granowetter

In our final education episode for this season, we are very pleased to welcome Len Granowetter, CTO for MAK Technologies. For those that don’t know Len, he has been at the forefront of some of the most demanding simulation challenges and applications on large scale projects. Most notably MAK’s software is integral to the UK Gladiator and Australian Army’s Land Sim Core projects (to name but two).

There is a lot of discussion about common or ‘single’ synthetic environments these days. To understand this better, Len takes us through a short tour of the component parts of a simulation platform, talking about how interoperability is a different challenge from deployment (the infrastructure side). Semantic interoperability is the real challenge now - how to seamlessly integrate terrain for example. 

Finally, Len talks about some of the different approaches taken by real world projects, and the trade off taken between technology innovators and technology integrators. Not often are these the same sorts of organisations.

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Len Granowetter is the CTO of MAK Technologies. He provides technical and strategy direction and oversight across MAK’s full suite of COTS simulation products and custom solutions. Over the course of 30 years, all with MAK, he has developed expertise in a wide variety of Modeling and Simulation technologies, including simulation scalability and interoperability, multi-domain simulation engines for both entity and aggregate-level simulation, 3D visualization, terrain, virtual and mixed reality, and mobile and cloud technologies.

Mr. Granowetter comes from an MIT-educated software-engineering background. He served during MAK’s early days as the lead architect and developer of its flagship interoperability products: VR-Link, and the MAK RTI, and still has plays a chief architect role on innovative products such as VR-Engage and MAK Legion.

Mr. Granowetter has served in many leadership roles in the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO): As a leading drafter of the High-Level Architecture (HLA) standards; as SISO’s representative to the US DoD’s Live-Virtual-Constructive Architecture Roadmap Study; and most recently as the founder and Chairman of the Simulation Scalability Frameworks Study Group.