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October 2020: Development infrastructure modernized

We have worked intensively on our development infrastructure in the last few weeks.

With our virtual machines we moved away from VMware ESXi and VMware Workstation and towards [ Proxmox VE ] (based on QEMU/KVM). We have the impression that this makes handling and installing updates more efficient. At the same time, Proxmox VE copes much better with USB for VM guests with Linux. We ave finally switched off our oldest VM server (Dell PowerEdge), some Intel NUCs and Apple Minis now form our virtualization cluster.

As an additional file version management, we are now using [ GitLab ] locally in our network. This allows our developers to easily access the central master repository with our Sourec code. Because of the distribution of the individual source code files to the various protocol stacks, derived products and customer-specific projects, we will stick to our own file version management as the central repository.

If you have any questions about our development infrastructure, please e-mail us: e-mail info@realthoughts.de

July 2020: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.20.3 released

This COMPROTware:Testtool release sees many minor fixes and improvements and paves the way for more in the releases to come.

For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.20 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

May 2020: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.20.2 released

New with this COMPROTware:Testtool release:

  • CPTT 2.20.2 is adapted to and successfully tested with MS Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2019 update).
  • Improvements around output and presentation of statistics.
  • RIO-Server 3.20.1 published.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.20 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

March 2020: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.20.1 released

The first version of the release series COMPROTware:Testtool 2.20 for the year 2020 is now available.

Standing out with CPTT 2.20.1: Additionally to Oracle Java 8, 32 bit, [ AdoptOpenJDK 8, 32 Bit ] can be used as Java runtime environment. After Oracle Java is only available in a paid version, with [ AdoptOpenJDK ] an open and cost-free Java environment can still be used.

More changes:

  • Improvements and adaptations around the handling of station and data object names in the DataObjDb.
  • When starting a simulation or a monitoring session, for all protocols more details about protocol profile are shown. After the end of the simulation, even more statistical values are shown in Message Storage.
  • The list of available serial ports is now determined much faster.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.20 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

February 2020: New company address: Welfenstrasse 35, 76137 Karlsruhe, Germany

After 20 years we are not a start-up any more: We moved from the [ Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe ] to our new office space.

Our new address is:

Real Thoughts GmbH
Welfenstrasse 35
76137 Karlsruhe
Germany
phone +49 721 627 6730
e-mail info@realthoughts.de
website [ www.realthoughts.com ]

The changes are summarized in RealThoughtsChanges2020.pdf (86K) . Print the PDF and attach it to your documents!

In Imprint you find additional details to Real Thoughts GmbH .

December 2019: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.6 released

In COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.6 protocol communication can now be imported from another source: With support of ABB Power Grids in Mannheim, DE we implemented the import of ABB MicroSCADA/COM600 logging-files. Textfiles containing protocol logging, created with the communication monitoring/debugging interface of ABB MicroSCADA/COM600, can now be imported into CPTT. All protocols implementd in CPTT are supported.

More changes:

  • Further improvements and fixes around Remote I/O implementation (RIO), in particular with the integration of ABB RTU500 series: Among others monitored ABB SPA-Bus communication is now correctly displayed.
  • COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.3 is adapted to and successfully tested with MS Windows 10 version 1909 (November 2019 Update).
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.19 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

September 2019: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.4 released

COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.4 news:

  • Improvements and fixes around Remote I/O implementation: Particularly the integration with ABB RTU500 Series significantly improved.
  • We removed UEC (User Engine Class) V1 and V2.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.19 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

July 2019: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.3 released

COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.3 is adapted to and successfully tested with MS Windows 10 version 1903 (May 2019 Update).

For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.19 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

June 2019: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.2 released

Many customers use COMPROTware:Testtool to ensure the availability and stability of their grid. In the 2010s to achieve this, it is necessary to carry out day- or week-long protocol monitoring or simulations.

We continued to work on this goal in the current release: When used for days or weeks a very large amounts of data is collected. In order to compensate this, we worked on our MLG file format and now compress the stored Frames. The file sizes were more than halved depending on the protocol, thus speeding up file reading.

For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.19 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

February 2019: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.1 released

With COMPROTware:Testtool 2.19.1, we have successfully completed some open tasks:

  • Experimental: TLS-secured TCP/IP connections now for MODBUS TCP/IP too, both for client and server simulation. In this way, we support TLS-secured connections for all our TCP/IP-based protocols.
  • All protocol implementations now use the CPLB Design pattern "Frame Scanner NGT 2018": This provides greater robustness and problem tolerance over faulty characters on a serial line. Additionally, the new Frame Scanners are more resource-efficient, resulting in an enhanced user experience.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.19 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

December 2018: Update: Dongle manufacturer Wibu-Systems warns of security vulnerabilities

In the dongle licensing software "WibuKey Runtime" (by [ Wibu-Systems ] ), several security vulnerabilities have been fixed. We advise all users of our products

to update "WibuKey Runtime" to version 6.50 or newer.

"WibuKey Runtime 32/64 Bit" can be downloaded from [ WibuKey Runtime ] (alternatively: [ WIBU-User Software ] ).

Wibu-Systems has provided the following user information: WibuKey-User-Information-20181219a.pdf (500K)

You can request further information about the vulnerabilities from us: e-mail info@realthoughts.de

December 2018: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.4 released

For COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.4, we worked hard on the general Message processing speed, resulting in noticeable improvements for every user:

  • Reading and processing of an MLG file got a significant speed boost, files with more than 1,000,000 items will now be shown within seconds.
  • Changing of Formatting options got a speed up, Link Layer or verbose Message display is now on the screen within seconds.
  • Experimental: TLS-secured TCP/IP connections for IEC 60870-5-104, DNP3 over LAN/WAN and Raw data net, both for client and server simulation (based on IEC 62351-3).
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.18 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

October 2018: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.3 released

COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.3 is one more release with a lot of changes in the core but with only a few visible.

For this release the news are:

  • New keyboard shortcut in Message View window: ALT+CTRL+z clears Message Storage/View.
  • In Message View window, when mouse wheel is scrolled while CTRL is pressed the font size increases/decreases, while SHIFT is pressed the windows is scrolled horizontally.
  • Experimental: TLS-secured TCP/IP connections for IEC 60870-5-104 server simulation based on IEC 62351-3.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.18 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

July 2018: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.2 released

With COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.2, little has been done on the outside, but we worked intensively on the core. Everything together creates the necessary basis for providing important developments in the next releases.

For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.18 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de

May 2018: COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.1 released

COMPROTware:Testtool 2.18.1 is the first release, which follows our new release numbering scheme.

For this release the news are:

  • CPTT 2.18.1 does not run on MS Windows XP and Vista anymore. We keep on supporting MS Windows 7, 8.1, 10, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.
  • By the General Preferences "Max. Stationname width" and "Max. DataObj name width" the width of Data Object names can be specified.
  • DNP3 serial and DNP3 over LAN/WAN: DNP3 Secure Authentication- resp. IEC 62351-5-Messages are now dissected.
  • Drag&Drop for MLG and MLS files implemented.
  • Many minor improvements ...


For details and to download this release see Product | CPTT | 2.18 .

We are open to any suggestion or problem report! Please mail us: e-mail cptt@realthoughts.de