What is RCE?

RCE is an Open Source distributed, workflow-driven integration environment. It is used by engineers and scientists to design and simulate complex systems (e.g., aircraft, ships, or satellites) by using and integrating their own design and simulation tools.
An overview about RCE and some of its application fields gives this survey article.
If you're interested in contributing to RCE please don't hesitate and contact us. The source code is distributed as a zip archive along with each release. We will provide general public access to our source code repository soon.
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RCE 9.0.0

We have fine-tuned and finalized the public beta version and are proud to announce the final release of RCE 9.0.

For now, please take a look at the public beta changelog, wich already gives an overview of the new features and improvements. A complete changelog will be published here …

RCE 9.0.0 beta

We recently released a public beta version of RCE 9.0, which includes new features as well as improvements to existing ones. In the following, we give an overview over the highlights of this version. A full changelog will, as usual, be available together with the final release.

Being a …

RCE 8.2.4

RCE 8.2.4 is out now. Unfortunately, as part of the security improvements in 8.2.3, a bug regarding long filenames slipped in. This is fixed in this release.

Please see GitHub for the full changelog.

RCE 8.2.3

We have just released RCE 8.2.3. It adresses several security issues and significantly reduces the RAM usage of workflow and component hosts. Furthermore, network timeouts in complex workflows during the initialization phase are prevented and we have fixed an issue which did not allow to cancel a workflow …

RCE 8.2.1

RCE 8.2.1 has been released and comes with some improvements and fixes. Please see GitHub for the full changelog.


  • Fixed a bug in the Optimizer component when using bounds of data type Vector
  • Minor internal fixes and improvements

RCE 8.2.0

RCE 8.2 is out now. We realized various new features and improvements. Here we present a selection. Please see GitHub for the full changelog.

XML Values

In this release we added a new workflow component: XML Values. This component allows you to easily access the content of XML files …

RCE 8.1.1

We recently released RCE 8.1.1. It contains several bugfixes and minor improvements. Please see GitHub for the full changelog.


  • Internal improvements to enhance building RCE as external developer
  • Fixed some bugs regarding fault tolerant loops, SSH remote access and CPACS tool integration
  • Several minor fixes

RCE 8.1

We just released RCE 8.1, which contains several new features and improvements. Here we present a selection of new features. Please see GitHub for the full changelog.

Workflow Editor

In RCE 8.1, bidirectional connections between components are now depicted by separate connection lines, which allows a better overview …

RCE 8.0

We are proud to announce a new major release: RCE 8 - Red Snapper. It contains several new features and many improvements. Below is a selection of some of them. Please see GitHub for the full changelog.

Manual Verification of Tool Results

In collaborative workflows, the tools involved are contributed by …