Parallel processing: a safer option for real-time control software

CI Birkinshaw, PR Croll, DG Marriot, Patrick Nixon

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    Software is increasingly being used to control applications demanding high performance and high reliability. Modern parallel processing technologies can offer systems designers many advances towards satisfying these requirements. This paper considers whether the current software safety standards, and the methods they advocate, are sufficiently mature to reach this objective. A particular example of a parallel development method derived from formal mathematics is explored. The aim is to identify both a pragmatic and intuitive development method suitable to control systems applications. This method should permit a fair degree of automation of a control system's behaviour analysis necessary to establish a safe parallel implementation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    PublisherInstitution of Engineering and Technology
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Print)0852966105
    Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1994
    EventInternational Conference on Control '94 - University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
    Duration: 1 Jan 1994 → …


    ConferenceInternational Conference on Control '94
    Period1/01/94 → …


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