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Telestra App Note

Setting up HLA in Telestra 7.2.0 and earlier (#96)

Important: These instructions only apply to Telestra 7.2.0 and earlier. To view instructions for Telestra 7.3.0 and later, go to the HLA Installation Guide. To download a sample project for Telestra 7.3.0 and later, go to App Note #126: Sample HLA Project for Telestra 7.3.0 and Later.

There are several steps to set up HLA in Telestra. This application note encapsulates the process for setting up the various HLA pieces. Note that this is a very high-level overview of what you need to setup and is meant as the roadmap. In other words, these are the six main steps you need to follow; however, each step takes you off to a particular document, chapter, or appendix that you need to reference for specific details.

Step 1

Go to the HLA RTI Compatibility List for ASTi supported HLA RTIs. If the RTI you want to run is not on this list, contact ASTi support for further information.

Step 2

Install and activate the RTI via the Telestra web interface under Network > HLA. Go to the Telestra Web Interface User Guide for step-by-step instructions.

Step 3

Download the HLA Sample Project. This step is not required since a user can create and most likely will create a new project for a specific program. However, reviewing this example will assist during the first time you go through the setup and configuration as it provides a known working project. Note that the sample project contains a default configuration for the MAK RTI as well as the VTC RTI. RID file and other federation settings will likely require changes. Go to the later steps for details.

Download the HLA Sample Project (225 KB .tgz file).
Download the HLA Sample Project Customer Notes (4 KB .txt file).

Step 4

Set up the HLA federation using Studio software. For step-by-step instructions, go to the Studio Technical User Guide section 8.4. HLA Configuration. Here is a high level of what is necessary:

Studio Project Manager:

  1. Set up the Domain with the Exercise ID = 1 and an HLA configuration file.
  2. Set up the DIS Gateway.
  3. Add the DIS Gateway to the Layout.

Load Viewer - Configure the Transceiver with:

  1. Radio name (This is the HLA radio name.)
  2. Domain (must match Domain from step 4.1 above.)
  3. Protocol ID

ASTi highly recommends that you follow the step-by-step instructions in the document referenced above.

Step 5

In the Telestra web interface, under System > Status, set the Project and Layout as the default and reboot the Telestra server. Go to the Telestra Web Interface User Guide for more information.

Step 6

You are now ready to join an HLA federation. Typically this is performed on a host platform using the configured TCP/IP socket; however there is also a Host Emulator tool on the Telestra server that allows you to join the federation. This is useful in initial testing, proof-of-concept, and debugging. Go to the Telestra Server Operation and Maintenance Manual for complete details.