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Efficient TDMA synchronization for distributed embedded systems

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3 Author(s)
Claesson, V. ; Dept. of Comput. Eng, Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Goteborg, Sweden ; Lonn, Henrik ; Suri, N.

A desired attribute in safety critical embedded real-time systems is a system time/event synchronization capability on which predictable communication can be established. Focusing on bus-based communication protocols in TDMA environments, we present a novel, efficient, and low-cost synchronization approach with bounded start-up time. This approach utilizes information about each node's unique message lengths to achieve synchronization. The protocol avoids start-up collisions by postponing retries after a collision. We also present a re-synchronization strategy that incorporates recovering nodes into synchronization

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Reliable Distributed Systems, 2001. Proceedings. 20th IEEE Symposium on

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