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TOP Server Version 5 Now Available

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Current TOP Server Version
5.15.588.0 September 23, 2014

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TOP Server Version 5 is a major upgrade that adds new functionality, support for the latest Windows operating systems, and provides an architecture through which you’ll receive many new features over the coming years.

 

TOP Server Version 4 projects (*.opf files) are fully forward compatible with Version 5!  Just open your project, save and go!  For information about migrating to TOP Server V5, please contact us!

Major new features in Version 5 include:

  • Upgraded OS Support - Support for latest Windows Operating Systems, including Windows 8 & Server 2012 including 64 bit versions, and running as a service - More
  • Processor Affinity - on multi-CPU or multi-core systems, TOP Server will normally spread load across the CPUs - with this new setting you can specify TOP Server to run on a specific CPU or core. More
  • Process Mode - can be used to control the level of priority that TOP Server is given to system resources. More
  • DNS Name Lookup for Devices - allows you to specify a fully qualified DNS name - i..e mydevice.myplantarea.mynetwork.com as a device name instead of an IP address for Ethernet devices.  More
  • Separation of Configuration from Runtime - allows you to edit a project offline and download changes to the runtime when ready or edit online as you’ve always been able to.  In a future release of V5, you will also be able to remotely configure TOP Server runtimes. More
  • Security for Configuration - settings enable users to select whether or not the server should respect DCOM security settings from the DCOM configuration settings or not. More
  • Server Administration/User Management - More

Comparing Version 4 to Version 5, What’s New?

Feature

TOP Server Version 4

TOP Server Version 5

OPC Foundation Certified (OPC DA 2.05a/3.0 and OPC UA - V5.7)

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One Server Architecture with Driver Plug-ins for Consistency

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High Performance - Multi-Threaded - Runtime Configurable

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All Native Interfaces - Client Connectivity Beyond the OPC Standards

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Automated Tag Generation - Many Drivers self-configure

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Detailed Communications Diagnostics - Communications Trace updated in V5.8 to allow multiple devices on a channel to be captured separately for greater flexibility.

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Detailed OPC Diagnostics - Communications Trace

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Protocols Sold Individually or in Suites

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Advanced Tags Plug In - Add Math & Logic Tags (Link Tags in V5.3 and newer)

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Oracle Connectivity Suite - Integrate with Oracle MOC, MES

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Data Logging Option for logging to Text, Access, SQL, Oracle, ODBC

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Stratus High Availability Computing - Certified

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Marathon High Availability Computing - Certified

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Seamless Upgrade from Earlier Version Projects

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Free 2 Hour Trial / Demostration Mode

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OPC Data Access (DA) 1.0, 2.05a, 3.0 Interfaces

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OPC A&E (Alarms & Events) (V5.2 and newer)

 

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OPC UA (Unified Architecture) (V5.2 and newer)

 

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OPC XI (DA and AE Profiles) or OPC .NET 3.0 (V5.4 and newer)

 

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Remote Configuration of Runtime Projects

 

Future

Full Support for Vista/Server 2008 including services

Limited (Vista only)

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Support for 64-Bit Windows x86 Operating Systems

w/Hardware Key Only

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Windows 7 Support (V5.2 or newer)

 

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Processor Affinity for Multi-Core/Multi-CPU Machines

 

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Process Priority Management

 

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Separate Runtime & Configuration

 

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Offline Editing of Projects

 

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Management of Configuration Sessions (Configuration by Different Users)

 

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Security (User) Management for Configuration of Runtime - Updated in V5.12 to include the new Security Policies Plug-In, provide greater control over user access to specific runtime and configuration functions and read/write access.

 

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Enhanced Project Management - project specific settings travel with project

 

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Multiple Tag Generation Utility - for ease-of-use in adding many tags to the TOP Server tag database  (V5.5 or newer)

 

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Media-Level Redundancy - enables redundancy of networks and devices for greater reliability  (V5.6 or newer)

 

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Device Scan Modes - allows full control over device polling frequency (V5.6 or newer)

 

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Channel Serialization (Select Drivers) - Allows virtual networks of channels using driver supporting this feature, for use of multiple protocols over the same physical channel of communications.  Ideal for telemetry scenarios with limited transmission resources. (V5.5 or newer)

 

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OPC ProgID Redirection - allows mapping of other OPC DA Server ProgIDs to TOP Server V5 for flexible client access.  (V5.6 or newer)

 

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Administration Interface

 

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Integrated UI for all Driver/Plug-in Configuration

 

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Online Web Based Software Activations

 

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Stand Alone License Management Utility

 

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TOP Server Siemens Suite including S7-MPI driver

 

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Vertical Industry Licensing Suites

 

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Custom Interface Driver (CID) for writing your own driver  (V5.1 and newer)

 

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SNMP Agent Plug-In for exposing process data to SNMP Network Managers (V5.5 and newer)

 

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Weatherford 8500 Serial Driver - for communication with Weatherford Rod Pump Controllers (V5.6 and newer)

 

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MTConnect Client Driver - for communication with plant-floor tools supporting the MTConnect standard over HTTP (V5.6 and newer)

 

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Lufkin Modbus Driver - for communication with Lufkin RPC, VSD, IWC and PCP devices  (V5.7 and newer)

 

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Bristol/IP Driver - for communication with Bristol Babcock ControlWave and Series 3000 devices.  (V5.7 and newer)

 

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Alstom Redundant Ethernet Driver - for communication with Alstom iVPI Controllers, with Quad Redundancy. (V5.7 and newer)

 

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ControlLogix Slave Ethernet Driver - simulates a ControlLogix 5000 series rack containing a single EtherNet/IP module and up to 16 ControlLogix CPUs. ControlLogix 5000 series PLCs can be configured to perform CIP Data Table Read/Writes to the driver with the MESSAGE ladder instruction. (V5.8 and newer)

 

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EFM Suite - provides Electronic Flow Management (EFM) data collection and real-time data acquisition from midstream oil & gas flow applications.  Click here to see latest drivers and features  (V5.9 and newer)

 

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Enron Modbus Driver - for communication with devices supporting the Enron Modbus protocol.  (V5.9 and newer)

 

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OMNI Flow Computer Driver - for communication with OMNI Flow 3000 and OMNI Flow 6000 flow computers.  (V5.9 and newer)

 

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WITS Level 0 Suite - for communication with wellsite equipment supporting the Wellsite Information Transfer Specification (WITS) Level 0 protocol.  Both Active and Passive drivers included. (V5.9 and newer)

 

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Enhanced Diagnostics - Protocol Diagnostics and OPC Diagnostics can now be persisted to file storage for long-term troubleshooting.  (V5.9 and newer)

 

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Wonderware® SuiteLink™ Update - SuiteLink Application Name is now configurable in TOP Server!  (V5.8 and newer)

 

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ABB Totalflow Serial Driver - for communication with ABB Totalflow devices supporting DB2 Serial Protocol. (V5.10 and newer)

 

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ControlLogix Ethernet Firmware V21 Support (V5.10 and newer)

 

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Connection Sharing - share a single COM port or modem with multiple serial protocols, common with telemetry.  Click here for supported drivers  (V5.10 and newer)

 

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IEC 61850 MMS Client Driver - for communication with IEC 61850 capable devices commonly used for power distribution applications.  (V5.11 and newer)

 

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OPC XML-DA Client Driver - Connectivity to OPC XML-DA Server application, including third party devices with embedded OPC XML-DA Servers, such as Siemens Simotion.  Part of the TOP Server OPC Client Suite(V5.11 and newer)

 

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Windows 8 / Server 2012 Support (V5.11 and newer)

 

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EFM Suite - ODBC Database Exporter Support  (V5.13 or newer)

 

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AB ControlLogix Slave Ethernet - Connected Message Support  (V5.13 or newer)

 

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Fisher ROC Suite - User-Defined Point Support  (V5.13 or newer)

 

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New Scan Mode - Device Demand Polling  (V5.13 or newer)

 

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EFM Suite - Liquids data export from OMNI Flow, Fisher ROC Plus for Flow-Cal (V5.14 or newer)

 

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ControlLogix Ethernet - Configurable CIP Connection Size  (V5.14 or newer)

 

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Siemens Ethernet - S7-1500 Support  (V5.14 or newer)

 

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Siemens Ethernet - Auto Tag Generation for S7-300 and S7-400 models from STEP 7  (V5.14 or newer)

 

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Modbus Ethernet - New CEG Device Model  (V5.14 or newer)

 

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DataLogger Plug-In - Store-and-Forward Support (V5.14 or newer)

 

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Omron NJ Ethernet - for communication with the latest Omron NJ line of controllers (V5.15 or newer)

 

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BACnet/IP Ethernet - updated object support now includes calendar and scheduler objects for scheduling of building environmental control tasks in building automation systems. (V5.15 or newer)

 

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SNMP V3 AES Encryption - enhancements to support AES encryption for increased security. (V5.15 or newer)

 

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EFM Suite Performance Update - drivers updated to support cache pointers, eliminating the need to repoll on restart for any EFM data that has been previously collected. (V5.15 or newer)

 

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