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This book is the result of a long friendship, of a broad international co- operation, and of a bold dream. It is the summary of work carried out by the authors, and several other wonderful people, during more than 15 years, across 3 continents, in the course of countless meetings, workshops and discus- sions. It shows that neither language nor distance can be an obstacle to close scientific cooperation, when there is unity of goals and true collaboration. When we started, we had very different approaches to handling the mys- terious, almost magical world of asynchronous circuits. Some were more theo- retical, some were closer to physical reality, some were driven mostly by design needs. In the end, we all shared the same belief that true Electronic Design Automation research must be solidly grounded in formal models, practically minded to avoid excessive complexity, and tested "in the field" in the form of experimental tools. The results are this book, and the CAD tool petrify. The latter can be downloaded and tried by anybody bold (or desperate) enough to tread into the clockless (but not lawless) domain of small-scale asynchronicity. The URL is http://www.lsi. upc. esr j ordic/petrify. We believe that asynchronous circuits are a wonderful object, that aban- dons some of the almost militaristic law and order that governs synchronous circuits, to improve in terms of simplicity, energy efficiency and performance.
These proceedings contain papers presented at the IFAC Symposium on Robust Control Design (ROCOND'97) held in Budapest, Hungary between 25-27 June 1997.
This book is devoted to logic synthesis and design techniques for asynchronous circuits. It uses the mathematical theory of Petri Nets and asynchronous automata to develop practical algorithms implemented in a public domain CAD tool. Asynchronous circuits have so far been designed mostly by hand, and are thus much less common than their synchronous counterparts, which have enjoyed a high level of design automation since the mid-1970s. Asynchronous circuits, on the other hand, can be very useful to tackle clock distribution, modularity, power dissipation and electro-magnetic interference in digital integrated circuits. This book provides the foundation needed for CAD-assisted design of such circuits, and can also be used as the basis for a graduate course on logic design.
Are you trying to make sense of all the different industrial automation networks on the market today? Whether you're a novice industrial network user or someone who simply needs to brush up on the technology, "Automation Network Selection" will help you better understand and select the 'right' network for a given application. Automation networks have changed from the initial publication in 2003. This second edition has been updated with those changes. Some promised network standards have become reality and some new standards have begun. In this time period, wireless networks have proliferated, and two standards are emerging: WirelessHART and ISA100.11a. Ethernet has continued its assault on all of the wired networks and has become dominant at the base network layers, as well as with several Application/User layers. Even wireless now carries the traffic once assigned to the wired Ethernet network.
To properly engineer systems to provide unity of effort in command and control systems, it is necessary to have a science of command, control and communications (C3). This book, the results of the Joint Directors of Laboratories Basic Research Group Programme, is a collection of papers toward the goal of a science of C3. The topics include the logic of data fusion, command and control decision systems modelling and behaviour, experimental findings, models of command and control, and models of C3 architectures. This variety should provide the reader with perspective on concepts, models and experiments to understand command, control and communications.
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