Allow simulation/emulation of cRIO hardware for compiling (remote deployment)
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Posted this in Data Acquisition Ideas as well, but it seems like it would be implemented with something like MAX, so...
When dealing with various remotely deployed cRIO hardware configurations, it may be impossible to keep a sample configuration of every type of system we ever sell. Unfortunately, if upgrades or revisions are made to the base code in our system, remotely deploying to our customers becomes impossible unless we have their exact configuration on-hand for the programmers to compile. Remote connection to the hardware for this type of operation is also not typically possible.
To be able to simulate or emulate a full cRIO system (processor & hardware modules), then compile the RT code for deployment on that system as if it is physically connected to our development system would be ideal. This would allow images to be created, which can be sent to customers for local deployment at their facility. Dramatic decrease in "hardware library" requirements on the development end, reduction in "on-site upgrade" service trip costs to the customers. Plus, easier for OEMs like me to justify the move away from PLC types of hardware and towards cRIO, once you take away some of the potentially nightmarish continued support and update issues involved with basing systems on cRIO platforms.