Distributed Embedded Control Systems

Improving Dependability with Coherent Design

  • Matjaž Colnarič
  • Domen Verber
  • Wolfgang A. Halang

Part of the Advances in Industrial Control book series (AIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Concepts

  3. Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-168
    2. Pages 169-180
    3. Pages 237-239
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 241-250

About this book


Very often, practical design of embedded systems lacks consistency resulting in computer control systems that do not provide the performance they should. Most notably they lack dependability, a key property now that programmed electronic devices are so pervasive, even in extremely safety-critical applications.

Distributed Embedded Control Systems handles the domains encountered when designing a distributed embedded computer control system as an integrated whole. First to be discussed are some basic issues about real-time systems and their properties, specifically safety. Then, system and hardware architectures are dealt with: areas like scheduling, asymmetrical distributed multiprocessor architectures, time-triggered communications, middleware, fault-tolerant peripherals, etc. Next, programming issues, embodying desired properties, basic language subsets, object orientation and language support for hardware and software specifications and co-design are elaborated and finally, the prototype implementation of a distributed embedded control system is given as a detailed example.

Different audiences will find much of interest in this work: industrial professionals are given guidelines for the design of embedded hardware and software with fault tolerance that will help them to decide which methods, tools and solutions they should employ and to which features they should pay attention. Academics have a new source of solutions and further questions to stimulate research and it will also be informative for graduate students in electrical, control and computer engineering.


Communications Networks Control Control Applications Control Engineering Control Systems Distributed Systems Embedded Systems Fault Tolerance Fault-tolerant Control Real-time Architectures architecture communication peripheral

Authors and affiliations

  • Matjaž Colnarič
    • 1
  • Domen Verber
    • 1
  • Wolfgang A. Halang
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of MariborMariborSlovenia
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical and Computer EngineeringFernUniversität in HagenHagenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-84800-051-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-84800-052-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1430-9491
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-1577
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