IR&D Program Description

RTI provides eligible research projects with no-charge licenses to RTI Data Distribution Service, the world's leading implementation of the Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service for Real-Time Systems standard (DDS).

To request a license, download RTI Data Distribution Service and select "Independent Research & Development (IR&D)" under License Type.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Eligible?

Most internally funded Independent Research and Development (IR&D) and early phase Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) qualify. These licenses are granted on a per-project basis, for use in non-commercialized research making it easy for projects with tight time and budget constraints to take advantage of DDS benefits:

  • Exceeding stringent real-time performance requirements
  • Reducing software lifecycle costs with a loosely-coupled integration architecture
  • Providing vendor independence via application portability (standard programming interfaces) and interoperability (standard wire protocol)
  • Meeting program guidance for use of open architecture standards
To qualify for a no-cost license, internally funded IR&D projects must be doing only pre-commercial research or pre-award development. Allowable uses include development of demonstrations, proofs of concept, bids, statements of work and proposals.

Government-funded research must be under an initial phase of a small-business program such as an early-phase SBIR.

If you have any questions about qualification criteria, email

Licenses are typically granted for one year, renewable annually to users who continue to meet the program qualifications.

What Do I Get?

You will receive long-term licenses for use of RTI Data Distribution Service Professional Edition. This includes the RTI Data-Distribution Service and all the additional associated products and tools. This package includes all you need to build robust, highly-scalable, high-performance distributed applications. Some highlights:

  • The core RTI Data-Distribution Service libraries. The most widely deployed implementation of the OMG Data-Distribution Service (DDS) Standard and the OMG DDS-RTPS Interoperability Wire Protocol. You get not just the OMG DDS minimal profile, but also the Persistence, Ownership, and Content Filter profiles.
  • The RTI Spreadsheet Addin for Excel. See your data live in Microsoft Excel! Use Excel to publish data to DDS!
  • The RTI Persistence Service. An application that can retain copies of your published data and make it available to late joining applications, even if the original publisher is no longer present in the system. This fail-safe component allows you to build higly available and robust systems where the data survives despite application failures.
  • The RTI Recording service. An application that can record all (or a configured subset) of the data you publish on your network and then export it to a variety of formats.
  • The RTI Database Integration Service. A bridge application that allows any data published in DDS to be automatically stored in a database and morever allows changes to any database tables you specify to be published as DDS Data. What is best: You do not have to configure data-types or take care of any format changes. The RTI Database Integration can automatically detects everything and configures itself to make the necessary transformations.
  • The RTI Routing Service. A Gateway and Mediation application that allows scaling DDS networks to tens of thousands of nodes, integration of DDS systems over Wide Area Networks, mediation of data-types between subsystems, and even integration of DDS systems with other protocols and technologies.

Be Part of the DDS Community!

There are a number of ways to get more involved with RTI and the DDS community:

Use the forum to get advice from other members of the community

Browse the forum postings to see information relevant to members of the RTI DDS Community.

Create an account in this portal to post to the forums. Your comments and questions will be seen and replied by other members of the community, including RTI Research and Engineering staff.

Collaborate with RTI

RTI qualifies as a small business. We often partner with companies and research labs in SBIRs, STTR, or other government research programs. Some of the past and active projects are listed here: RTI research projects. If you have a proposal you'd like to partner with us, let us know.

Why does RTI Do This?

RTI is a spin-off of Stanford University and our roots are still deep in the academic community. We understand the value fresh perspectives and dedicated research can bring to the marketplace. The RTI IR&D Program is one way we support and promote innovation in distributed system and integration technologies.

Contact Us

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