A Continuously Reconfiguring Multi-Microprocessor Flight Control System.
Final rept. 1 Aug 79-30 Apr 81,
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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Recent research at the US Air Force Wright Aeronautical Laboratories Flight Dynamics Lab has resulted in the development of a promising microprocessor-based flight control system design. This system is characterized by a collection of cooperatively autonomous distributed microcomputers interconnected by an arbitrary number of common serial multiplex busses. Each processor in the system independently determines its assignments using a simple algorithm that dynamically redistributes system functions from processor to processor in a never-ending process of reconfiguration. This approach offers several benefits in terms of system reliability, and the architecture in general incorporates many state-of-the-art features which promise improved system throughput, expandability, and above all, ease of programming.
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