Systems Engineering with SDL: Developing Performance-Critical Communication Systems / Edition 1

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SDL (Specification and Description Language) is a modern, high-level programming language intended for the description of complex, event-driven, real-time and communicating systems. SDL was originally designed to describe performance-critical, real-time systems with precision and accuracy, and, if used correctly, it can significantly enhance the performance of system designs.

This text is unique in the integration between performance and design issues, describing the specific problems encountered when specifying, designing and implementing communication systems with SDL, and offers experience-based advice and solutions. Other topics covered include

Navigating through complex design processes

Strategies for deriving efficient implementations from SDL descriptions

The latest version of SDL, SDL-2000

Systems Engineering with SDL also includes a CD-ROM containing a demonstration version of Telelogic's SDL design suite 'Tau' - the market leading SDL design tool which further reinforces the comprehensive integration between theory and practice.

Written by a former system architect at Alcatel who currently serves on the ITU standards body for SDL, responsible for the development of performance and time aspects of the standard, this valuable reference resource is principally of use to practitioners using SDL to develop communicating systems, communication protocols, distributed systems, embedded systems, especially systems architects, development engineers and tool builders making strategic design decisions. However, the comprehensive coverage and concise and practical style make this text also applicable to students on graduate level courses on protocol engineering,communication systems engineering and distributed systems.

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Editorial Reviews

SciTech Book News
This practical guide to the design and implementation of communications systems and distributed applications aims to nip... [performance problems which lead to project failure] the bud.
SciTech Book News
This practical guide to the design and implementation of communications systems and distributed applications aims to nip... [performance problems which lead to project failure] the bud.
Performance problems which lead to project failure are, unfortunately, generally detected late in the development cycle. This practical guide to the design and implementation of communication systems and distributed applications aims to nip such problems in the bud. After introducing performance engineering concepts and models, the text focuses on SDL and MSC, widely-used formal specification languages for functional aspects of the application under development. The author provides tips on dealing with such issues as inappropriate performance requirements, unsuitable system architecture, and fuzzy design or implementation decisions. Mitschele-Thiel is a research engineer with Lucent Technologies of Bell Labs in Germany, working in the global wireless area. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"This practical guide to the design and implementation of communications systems and distributed applications aims to nip... [performance problems which lead to project failure] the bud." (SciTech Book News Vol. 25, No. 2 June 2001)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471498759
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 380
  • Product dimensions: 7.68 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Goals of the Book.
Outline of the Book.
Integration of Performance Aspects in the Development Process.
Basics of Systems Engineering.
Basics of Performance Engineering.
Performance Models.
Performance Evaluation.
Performance Optimization.
Design and Implementation of Communicating Systems.
Basics of Communicating Systems.
Elements of Protocol Design and Implementation.
Design and Implementation of Protocol Architectures.
System Development with SDL.
Specification and Description Language.
Complementary Languages.
Implementing SDL.
Basic Elements of an Implementation Derived from an SDL Description.
Layering, System Integration and Modularization.
Process Models.
Extended Finite State Machine.
Management of the Process Instances.
Process Communication and Buffer Management.
Interfacing with the Environment.
Timer Management.
Implementation of SDL Data.
Implementation of Other features of SDL.
Optimizations for Protocol Processing.
Dealing with Implementational Limitations.
Issues Related to Code Generation.
Implications of SDL 2000.
Performance Engineering in the Context of SDL.
Basics of Performance Engineering in the Context of SDL.
Integration of Performance-Relevant Information with SDL.
Survey of Performance Engineering Concepts and Tools.
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