Systems Engineering for Network Debug, Integration and Test


SENDIT - 9152

Keywords heterogeneous networks, debugging tools, systems integration tools, distributed systems, real-time networks


Start Date: To be announced / Duration: 24 months

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Objectives

The objective of SENDIT is to produce a set of debugging and systems integration tools for heterogeneous hard real-time networks. In many projects debugging and systems integration takes over 50% of the total project effort. Such networks have different requirements from those of data processing networks. As a baseline, the project takes the software and hardware results from project 5497, PROCIC, for developing applications for heterogeneous networks.

The approach is to use both hardware and software to reduce the overheads of debugging and integration. Just as hardware acknowledgement of messages is faster than software acknowledgement, so inclusion of debug features within the network protocols reduce the intrusiveness of debug facilities. Hardware assistance has particular value at the sensor/actuator level common in real-time systems.

The results of the project will be interfaced hardware and protocols optimised for debugging, performance monitors, network debuggers and simulators, and the network compilers and firmware required for heterogeneous networks. Performance assessment tools permit discrimination between software, hardware and interference problems. Pilot applications will prove the concepts under realistically noisy conditions. Hardware and protocols will be validated for reliability. A particular emphasis will be placed on providing tools for use by SMEs.

Further information about SENDIT is available from the SENDIT home page.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Stephen Pelc
Microprocessor Engineering
133 Hill Lane
UK - Southampton SO1 5AF
tel: + 44 / 703 631 441
fax: + 44 / 703 339 691

Participants

MICROPROCESSOR ENGINEERING - UK - C
DELTA T GMBH - D - P
HTWK LEIPZIG - D - P
TXT INGEGNERIA INFORMATICA - I - P
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, WALES - UK - P


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SENDIT - 9152, December 1993


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