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An Approach to the Design of Distributed Machinery Control Systems

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1 Author(s)
Duffie, N.A. ; Cranfield Institute of Technology, Cranfield, Bedford, England MK43 OAL, on leave from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI.

The design and implementation of a control system consisting of a number of cooperating processes running concurrently on a group of communicating processors is a complex task. There is general agreement that the high level of complexity associated with these systems dictates a ``top-down'' design approach to both hardware and software. In this paper, a design approach that is oriented toward machinery control applications is developed for distributed control systems. Principles are identified for specifying system requirements, partitioning a system into processes, allocating processes to processors, and choosing a communication network. A design example is discussed.

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Industry Applications, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:IA-18 ,  Issue: 4 )