Mainland market targeted
BYGS Systems' flagship product is a development platform for software designers using Formal Description Technique (FDT) technology.
FDTs are methods of describing systems which eliminate ambiguities in system definition. They are building blocks for advanced software engineering techniques.
The development platform, known as the Parallel Event Processor (PEP), is suited to the design of any event-based system, according to the company.
'There is very little training required. It can be mastered in half a day,' said managing director Ben Cheung.
'The more complex the software and the more people involved, the bigger are the benefits of using the PEP.' At its present stage of development, the product is sold along with Mr Cheung's consultancy services.
The PEP is ideally suited to the implementation of communications protocols, which govern the interconnection between multiple pieces of equipment or software.
Mr Cheung, who has been involved in research and development in communications protocols and products for 12 years, has big plans for the PEP product.
He said: 'Our main objective is to open up the China software market using their technical people [and PEP].' The need for development platforms such as PEP was growing with the time taken to develop new software products and their complexity, Mr Cheung said.
Although designed as a software development tool, the PEP could 'easily' handle an event-based task, such as the design of an airport scheduling system involving the co-ordination of various aircraft and crews, he said.
Any change, such as a shortage of planes or crew in a given area, could be fed into the system which would enable instant rescheduling, right down to the messages required for crew, Mr Cheung said.
A software designer would start using the PEP by dividing the proposed system into processes - either an individual component or a hierarchy.
Within a process, events can be injected into the hierarchical level directly below them, with the injection handled by the PEP's event-scheduling capability.
Once the basic system has been created, the PEP can generate a prototype to allow bugs to be eradicated.
The PEP's modular design allows different programmers to handle each system component.
BYGS, which describes itself as an inter-networking specialist, is a member of the incubation programme at the Hong Kong Industrial Technology Centre (HKITC.) In addition to the PEP, BYGS distributes several proprietary software products and offers training using Data General's Computer-Based Training (CBT) method and the Open Learning Training sponsored by the Computer College at Cambridge.