In order to overcome these challenges, this paper presents FMU-proxy, an open-source framework for accessing FMUs across languages and platforms. This is done by wrapping one or more FMUs behind a server program supporting multiple language independent Remote Procedure Call (RPC) technologies over several network protocols. Currently, Apache Thrift (TCP/IP, HTTP), gRPC (HTTP/2) and JSON-RPC (HTTP, WebSockets, TPC/IP, ZeroMQ) are supported. Together, they allow FMUs to be invoked from virtually any language on any platform. As users don’t have direct access to the FMU or the resources within it, IP is more effectively protected.
Keywords: RPC, FMI, Co-simulation, Model Exchange