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CAD tools for the automatic synthesis of parallel algorithms in control

Megson, Graham M. (1994) CAD tools for the automatic synthesis of parallel algorithms in control. In: International Conference on Control '94: 21-24 March 1994: venue, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK. Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, pp. 1260-1265. ISBN 0852966105

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1049/cp:19940318


The paper is to promotes the concept that the design of parallel control algorithms can be pursued by employing algorithm engineering. It is demonstrated that a particular class of algorithms, control laws based on systems of recurrence equations with time as an independent variable, can be engineered at an algorithmic level to exploit parallelism. The problem of engineering an algorithm so that it models certain design objectives such as minimum latency, pipelined data flow etc. is considered. The author considers control system design as a 2-stage process. The levels are distinct and separated into conventional control system and parallel algorithm design respectively. The whole design process embraces a fusion between control theory and the theory of algorithms requiring skills in both mathematics and computer science. A number of seemingly different methods of synthesis are considered. They have considerable overlap and can in fact be combined to provide a unified and viable methodology for the systematic and reasoned mapping of control algorithms onto parallel architectures. It is well known that control elements can be implemented via physical devices or through software. Furthermore control systems are inherently parallel in nature.

Item Type:Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords:Control system CAD, parallel processing, control system CAD, minimum latency, parallel algorithms, pipelined data flow, recurrence equations
Research Community:University of Westminster > Electronics and Computer Science, School of
ID Code:5739
Deposited On:28 Jan 2009 15:35
Last Modified:19 Oct 2009 16:26

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