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Title:A Middleware Framework for Networked Control Systems
Author(s):Baliga, Girish Bantwal
Subject(s):networked control systems
control systems
Abstract:Networked control systems could possibly constitute the next logical step in the evolution of control, leading to the convergence of control with communication and computing. A central challenge is that traditional digital control methods cannot be directly applied to such systems. However, if appropriate system abstractions can be engineered, then such methods and theory can still be utilized. Our thesis is that a well designed middleware framework can indeed manufacture such an abstraction of virtual collocation, and thereby, propel the further proliferation of networked control systems. In this thesis, we present such a middleware framework for networked control systems. Central to this framework is Etherware, a message oriented component middleware for such systems. We begin with a detailed description of the design and architecture of Etherware, and illustrate Etherware based development of networked control systems through a fairly complex traffic control testbed application. Building on the middleware, we address safety and security issues in networked control through a detailed scenario in this testbed, implementing safety preserving security overrides. We then address the issue of providing guarantees of overall system behavior in networked control systems. In particular, based on established properties of sub-systems, we prove system-wide guarantees for safety and liveness in the traffic control testbed.
Issue Date:2005-08
Genre:Technical Report
Other Identifier(s):UIUCDCS-R-2005-2610
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Date Available in IDEALS:2009-04-20

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