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An assessment of the use of occam for dependable real-time systems

Authors: Burns, A., Wellings, A. J., Zedan, Hussein S. M.


As occam based technology matures, and more transputer implementations evolve, new application domains will open up. This in turn will place fresh requirements on the language. In some instances occam, in its current form, will be unsuitable and language changes will be inevitable. This is, of course, at odds with producing a "standard" and "stable" language definition.The purpose of this paper is to identify the outstanding issues that must be discussed in the short, medium or long-term, if occam (and the transputer) is to be used for a wide range of dependable real-time applications in current and future systems. Our approach is to start with application requirements, from these to indicate occam problem areas and then, if appropriate, offer potential solutions. The areas considered are those associated with hard real-time, software reliability, mode changes, dynamic change management and fault management.


OUG-13: Real-Time Systems with Transputers, Hussein S. M. Zedan, 1990, pp 287 - 294 published by IOS Press, Amsterdam

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