The Concept of Time in the Specification of Real-Time Systems

  • Boudewijn Hoogeboom
  • Wolfgang A. Halang
Part of the The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science book series (SECS, volume 167)


Everyone knows what time is, or at least how the word “time” is used in everyday language. Time is so much a part of our everyday experience that it has become a self-evident aspect of the world in which we live. One might expect that this familiarity with time would enhance the ability to relate it to the behavior of computing systems. In particular, the timing of input-output relations should pose no special problems. But a quick glance at the state of affairs in computer science tells us that, in sharp contrast to the alleged exactness of the discipline, there is little concern for descriptions of systems or programs that are exact with respect to time. Most of the attention devoted to time is directed toward speeding up the rate of data processing or developing time-efficient algorithms.


Time Slot Temporal Logic Computer Science Community Program Execution Time Typical Reaction Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Boudewijn Hoogeboom
    • 1
  • Wolfgang A. Halang
    • 1
  1. 1.Rijksuniversiteit te GroningenVakgroep InformaticaAV GroningenThe Netherlands

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