Towards a reconfigurable distributed testbed to enable advanced research and development of timing and synchronization in cyber-physical systems

Hugo A. Andrade, Patricia Derler, John C. Eidson, Ya Shian Li-Baboud, Aviral Shrivastava, Kevin Stanton, Marc Weiss

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Abstract

Timing and synchronization play a key role in cyber-physical systems (CPS). Precise timing, as often required in safety-critical CPS, depends on hardware support for enforcement of periodic measure, compute, and actuate cycles. For general CPS, designers use a combination of application specific integrated circuits (ASICs) or field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and conventional microprocessors. Microprocessors as well as commonly used computer languages and operating systems are essentially devoid of any explicit support for precise timing and synchronization. Modern computer science and microprocessor design has effectively removed time from the abstractions used by designers with the result that time is regarded as a performance metric rather than a correctness specification or criterion. There are interesting proposals and avenues of research to correct this situation, but the barrier is quite high for conducting proof of concept studies or collaborative research and development. This paper proposes a conceptual design and use model for a reconfigurable testbed designed specifically to support exploratory research, proof of concept, and collaborative work to introduce explicit support for time and synchronization in microprocessors, reconfigurable fabrics, language and design system architecture for time-sensitive CPS. Reconfigurable computing is used throughout the system in several roles: as part of the prototyping platform infrastructure, the measurement and control system, and the application system under test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 International Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs, ReConFig 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781467394062
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 25 2016
EventInternational Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs, ReConFig 2015 - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Duration: Dec 7 2015Dec 9 2015

Other

OtherInternational Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs, ReConFig 2015
CountryMexico
CityRiviera Maya
Period12/7/1512/9/15

Keywords

  • Correct-byconstruction
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Reconfigurable computing
  • Testbed
  • Timing and Synchronization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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    Andrade, H. A., Derler, P., Eidson, J. C., Li-Baboud, Y. S., Shrivastava, A., Stanton, K., & Weiss, M. (2016). Towards a reconfigurable distributed testbed to enable advanced research and development of timing and synchronization in cyber-physical systems. In 2015 International Conference on ReConFigurable Computing and FPGAs, ReConFig 2015 [7393352] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ReConFig.2015.7393352