The Official Newsletter of GSA - Summer 2009

Technical Committee Update

As the temperatures begin to rise during the second quarter of 2009, GSA's technical committees are moving full steam ahead. The May Technical Meetings were held in Providence, Rhode Island and hosted by GTECH.

The G2S Committee Chair, Kevin Higgins of IGT reports the G2S committee has compiled a new 2.0.1 errata version that is now available for download. Additionally, a companion document has been posted with the 1.0.3 protocol that details the various clarifications that the committee has adopted. This document and the clarified schema are extremely useful for implementers and will help them avoid various ambiguities. Work also continues on further clarifications, as well as development of the tournament and employee classes which are to be included in future versions of the protocol.

Dan Milligan of Video Gaming Technologies, the S2S Committee Chair, reports the committee has started gathering a number of items which will become the S2S 1.4 version of the protocol. As seen in the past, when the protocol is actually implemented, issues arise and extensions are required resulting in the need for another iteration of the 1.X series of S2S. As the committee moves forward with the 2.0 version, the vetting process that is occurring as the document is approved will greatly assist in minimizing these type of changes. The vetting of the first two chapters of S2S 2.0 has resulted in numerous improvements and is an overall great addition to the release process for the protocol. At our next face to face meetings, which are being hosted by G-Tech, we will be voting on While the vetting process continues, the committee is evaluating additional improvements to the 2.0 version of the protocol and an additional class to the 1.X version of the protocol which will be the tax form class for year end tax reporting purposes.

Tony Green of Bally Technologies, Transport Committee Chair, reports the committee has directed its attention to updating the Point to Point specification over the previous quarter, resulting in clarifications and improvements to specification. The significant changes address issues related to interoperability, multiple levels of network security strength, and clarifications related to network security processes. The final draft of the Transport Point-to-Point v1.1 specification is being reviewed and a formal committee vote will take place early this summer.

Additionally, the process review of the final draft of the Transport Multicast v1.1 specification has been rescheduled. This was done so the member vote on the Multicast v1.1 specification will occur at the same time as the Point-to-Point v1.1 specification, thus allowing the two specifications to be evaluated by the voting members together.

The GDS Committee Chair, John Hilbert, FutureLogic, Inc. reports the committee is still working on GDS certification. In the process of coming up with a certification program the group has identified several new features to expose to the back of house systems through the G2S and S2S protocols. The result will be some adjustments to the protocols to provide more options and more information to the operators about their peripheral devices. Expect a new printer and not acceptor versions that incorporate these new features by the end of Calendar 2009.

Ken McNichols of IGT, the SAS Protocol Committee Chair reports the committee has approved a final version of the SAS development toolkit, and is working on final versions of other supporting protocol documents in preparation for end of life of the protocol. These updates correct numerous deficiencies in the toolkit and will help a great deal in providing correct and consistent SAS testing and development.

Keep up-to-date on all the activities of the GSA Technical Committees by attending meetings if you're a member. A full meeting schedule can be found here. The next major face-to-face meetings are scheduled for August and will be located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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