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Asynchronous vs. Synchronous Interfacing to Time-Triggered Communication Systems

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Original languageEnglish
Article number101690
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Systems Architecture
Early online date30 Nov 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


Time-triggered communication facilitates the construction of multi-component real-time systems whose components are in control of their temporal behaviour. However, the interface of a time-triggered communication system has to be accessed with care, to avoid that the temporal independence of components gets lost. This paper shows two interfacing strategies, one for asynchronous interface access (in two variants, one being the new Rate-bounded Non-Blocking Communication protocol) and one for time-aware, synchronized interface access, that allow components to maintain temporal independence. The paper describes and compares these interfacing strategies.


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