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Demo Abstract: Embedded Virtual Machines for Wiress Industrial Automation
Real-Time and Embedded Systems Lab (mLAB)
  • Rahul Mangharam, University of Pennsylvania
  • Miroslav Pajic, University of Pennsylvania
  • Shivakumar Sastry, University of Akron Main Campus
Document Type
Conference Paper
Date of this Version
4-1-2009
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Suggested Citation:
Pajic, M., R. Mangharam and S. Sastry/ “Embedded Virtual Machines for Wireless Industrial Automation” Demo and Poster at IEEE/ACM CPSWeek. April 2009.

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Abstract

The factory of the future is the Wireless Factory - fully programmable, nimble and adaptive to planned mode changes and unplanned faults. Today automotive assembly lines loose over $22,000 per minute of downtime. The systems are rigid, difficult to maintain, operate and diagnose. Our goal is to demonstrate the initial architecture and protocols for all-wireless factory control automation. Embedded wireless networks have largely focused on open-loop sensing and monitoring. To address actuation in closed-loop wireless control systems there is a strong need to re-think the communication architectures and protocols for reliability, coordination and control. As the links, nodes and topology of wireless systems are inherently unreliable, such timecritical and safety-critical applications require programming abstractions where the tasks are assigned to the sensors, actuators and controllers as a single component rather than statically mapping a set of tasks to a specific physical node at design time. To this end, we introduce the Embedded Virtual Machine (EVM), a powerful and flexible runtime system where virtual components and their properties are maintained across node boundaries. EVM-based algorithms introduce new capabilities such as provably minimal graceful degradation during sensor/actuator failure, adaptation to mode changes and runtime optimization of resource consumption. Through the design of a micro-factory we aim to demonstrate the capabilities of EVM-based wireless networks.

Keywords
  • Real-time systems,
  • embedded systems,
  • wireless sensor networks,
  • virtual machines
Citation Information
Rahul Mangharam, Miroslav Pajic and Shivakumar Sastry. "Demo Abstract: Embedded Virtual Machines for Wiress Industrial Automation" (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rahul_mangharam/41/