Design of intelligent distributed control systems: A dependability point of view

Abstract : The use of fieldbuses and the emergence of intelligent sensors and actuators are opening up new possibilities for distributed control systems, but are also introducing additional constraints in terms of achieving dependability objectives. The type of production environment will greatly determine the predominant criterion for an automatic control system, i.e. reliability, availability, maintainability, safety, etc. On the other hand, the choice of a fieldbus system will also depend on factors such as application size, data throughput, and integration of time considerations. Other important criteria include cost, confidentiality, and compatibility with existing equipment. Therefore, it appears essential that designers be given the means to assess dependability at each design step by integrating feedback from experience. Assessing dependability is too often limited to an evaluation at the end of the design process, which often involves reselecting previous choices. The main topic of this paper is to focus on the communication function which is a pivotal of intelligent distributed control systems. So this article is a synthesis of different aspects linked to the design of fieldbus based applications thanks to the contributors, who come from various fields. Consequently it highlights the main problem and give some ways to solve them.
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Laurent Cauffriez, Joseph Ciccotelli, Blaise Conrard, Mireille Bayart. Design of intelligent distributed control systems: A dependability point of view. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Elsevier, 2004, 84 (1), pp.19-32. ⟨hal-00289496⟩



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