Jay Swenson, GE Intelligent Platforms
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. For nearly three decades, we have witnessed the evolution of the open systems COTS market as it has grown and changed. I look at that time in three phases of maturity: convergence, specialization, and more recently divergence. We need to credit the VMEbus and all those who labored over it with providing a model that demonstrated that there could be a common architecture that allowed interoperability across multiple vendors. Although far from perfect, there has been an ecosystem surrounding that architecture. There clearly was a convergence upon VMEbus across applications and even vertical segments.