System Platform 2012 R2 was released on 11/13. I haven’t had a chance to download and play with this release but I certainly did spend some time studying the new features. Below is a direct cut and paste from the Read Me.
ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 delivers extensive browsing and data access enhancements from Wonderware Application Server, InTouch HMI logon security, alarm query redundancy, and memory management enhancements, Historian redundancy and performance enhancements, and enhanced operating system and SQL Server support. The following sections describe in greater detail the new features and enhancements delivered with this release.
ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 integrates the core products:
Wonderware InTouch HMI 2012 R2 (v10.6)
Wonderware Application Server 2012 R2 (v3.6)
Wonderware Historian Server 2012 R2 (v11.0)
Wonderware Historian Client 2012 R2 (v10.1)
Wonderware Information Server 2012 R2 (v5.0)
New Features – Wonderware InTouch HMI 2012 R2 (v10.6)
Enhanced Support for SQL Server
InTouch HMI 2012 R2 (v10.6) adds support for SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 (32/64-bit), SQL Server Express 2008 R2 with SSME (32-bit), SQL Server 2012 (32/64-bit), and SQL Server Express 2012 (32-bit).
Enhanced Logon Security
The LogonCurrentUser function now supports ArchestrA OS user and ArchestrA OS group security in addition to InTouch security.
Enhanced Memory Management
You can cache into memory the ArchestrA symbols called by the ShowGraphic function or by ShowSymbol animation for improved run-time performance.
Alarm Provider Hot Backup
Alarm Hot Backup Manager can use InTouch, Galaxy, or Galaxy_ as alarm providers when configuring an alarm hot backup pair.
Enhanced Tag Browser access
You can select InTouch tags directly from the Galaxy Browser when working within the animation editor or the script editor.
The InTouch documentation PDF library and online help have been updated with all content accumulated in the InTouch HMI Addendum since InTouch HMI version 10.0.
New Features – Wonderware Application Server 2012 R2 (v3.6)
Communication Across Multiple Galaxies
You can now communicate across multiple galaxies, including browsing a remote galaxy repository (GR) and accessing the run-time data of a remote galaxy, once paired with a local galaxy.
ArchestrA Services Implemented as IDE Extensions
ArchestrA System Platform 2012 R2 introduces the ArchestrA Service Bus (ASB), comprised of individual ArchestrA Services, which enables significantly enhanced levels of information exchange, such as multi-galaxy communication. ArchestrA Services are built upon a service-oriented architecture, which incorporates such general principles as standards-based reusability, discoverability, loose coupling, and modularity.
Enhanced Support for the Historian
Wonderware Application Server 3.6 incorporates enhanced support for the Historian, including:
- Support for partner Historians in a redundant configuration
- Start historizing data without a connection to the Wonderware Historian
- Improved performance when historizing late data
- Support for Historian scalability and data acquisition
Wonderware Application Server supports 64-bit SQL Server, newer versions of SQL Server, Windows operating systems, .NET Framework, virtualization technologies, and security enhancments.
New Features – Wonderware Historian Server 2012 R2 (v11.0)
High Availability (Redundant Historian)
Support for partner Historians in a redundant (hot backup) configuration.
AppEngines support sending data to either Historian in a pair without requiring separate configurations for each.
Historian Client supports retrieving data from the Historian pairs.
Increased Tier-2 Tag Counts
Supports 500,000 tier-2 tags at a throughput of 125,000 values/second.
New version of the Historian SDK
Support for new historian functionality.
Support for querying summary tags.
Improved Late Data Support
Support sending late data or buffered data to the Historian with the same performance as “real-time” data
Retrieval Based Licensing
The Historian stores tags regardless of the license count.
The Historian prevents data retrieval for more tags than are licensed.
Improved Hierarchical Name Support
Hierarchical namespace support for replicated tagnames.
Application Server Integration Improvements
Support for AppEngine updates to the TrendHi and TrendLo attributes into the Historian Runtime database without requiring a redeploy.
Microsoft Platform Support
Native SQL Server 64-bit support.
New Features – Wonderware Historian Client 2012 R2 (v10.1)
Support for a Partner Historian
If a partner server is configured for a Wonderware Historian, clients will automatically switch servers if the primary server is unavailable.
The Wonderware Historian Clients support newer versions of operating systems.
New Features – Wonderware Information Server 2012 R2 (v5.0)
New Information Model
The Information Model retrieves and relates data from different sources, such as the Wonderware Historian, the alarm database, and the Wonderware MES database.
New OverView Client
The OverView client is a downloadable application that allows you to navigate data from the Information Model using grids and trends.
The Wonderware Information Server supports newer versions of SQL Server and operating systems.
Updated Look and Feel
The Wonderware Information Server portal has been updated with new fonts and colors.
So what items in this list excite me?
First I love the constant push to support the later operating systems and SQL Server. I say later and not latest because they are still lagging about a release behind. As long as they stay close I think we’ll be ok.
Symbol Cache for items called by ShowGraphic. We are looking at completely reworking the way we do graphics. We’ve gone about half way where we develop screens completely in Archestra but deliver them via individual InTouch windows. Part of the reason for this was related to a concern about long term performance on large systems. With this improvement we think we’ll be finishing our journey towards a single Window Intouch system.
Cross Galaxy communications! Wahoo! We’ve been doing this for a while via OPC Clients and FS Gateway. However, something more native does sound a lot better. What I’m hoping is that it works similar to Linked Servers in SQL Server where you can simply define a link to another server then use that as a conduit for data and calls. What would be really nice is if I can lay down graphical elements from Galaxy A into an InTouch app for Galaxy B. Hopefully once I get things installed I’ll be able to test this out.
I have no idea what the Archestra Service Bus is but man it looks cool. Is the the replacement for Mx? Not sure. I do plan to do a lot of reading up on this one. Archestra is easily one of the most open platforms out there and I have a hunch this is going to be an extension of that.
Historian Redundancy! This is a big big big deal for our customers in qualified environments (i.e. Pharmaceutical customers). Store and Forward works well the vast majority of the time but you still hold your breath every time you disconnect and reconnect. There are still a few things that I didn’t see that I need to study more, such as alarm storage redundancy.
All of this is well and good but there is one huge thing still missing. Alarms and Events are still a second class citizen! For our customers Alarm and Event storage is just as critical, actually probably more critical than history data. The only thing I can guess is that there simply aren’t enough other customers out there raising heck about fixing this issue. To loosely quote a Samsung commercial, maybe we’ll get everything we wanted last year but didn’t get it.
Thoughts, comments, criticisms always welcome!