The Rcs Handbook: Tools for Real Time Control Systems Software Development / Edition 1

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As control systems become increasingly complex, there is a growing need for software tools for use in their design and implementation. Introducing proven, free-to-use software from the NIST's real-time control systems (RCS) library, this practical resource arms readers with the tools they need to construct hierarchical and distributed RCSs for challenging industrial applications. Featuring numerous design and implementation examples, this is a complete reference to high-technology automation solutions.
Market: Electronic Engineers and Computer Scientists involved with controls; Professionals in manufacturing, process control, and robotics.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book serves as a user's guide for development engineers using the software library in industrial applications." (SciTech Book News, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2001)
"...clearly laid extremely beneficial aid to anyone interested in RCS..." Measurement & Control
The National Institute of Standards and Technology real-time control systems (RCS) library is a useful tool for engineers developing and implementing hierarchical and distributed real-time control systems. This book serves as a user's guide for development engineers using the software library in industrial applications. Part I provides a tutorial introduction to RCS that discusses RCS design methodology and the Reference Model Architecture. Part II, an RCS handbook for applications engineers, features two design examples, coverage of issues in Neutral Message Language, and discussion of code generation and architecture files. Part III consists of background appendices on C++, compilers, and general operating system concepts. Gazi is affiliated with The Ohio State University. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Meet the Author

VEYSEL GAZI, MATHEW L. MOORE, and KEVIN M. PASSINO are at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
WILLIAM P. SHACKLEFORD, FREDERICK M. PROCTOR, and JAMES S. ALBUS work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Table of Contents




Getting Started Quickly: RCS Essentials.

The Reference Model Architecture and RCS Applications.


Design Theme Problem: Automated Highway System.

Programming in NML.

RCS Control Module.

Writing NML Configuration Files.

Other Classes and Functions.

RCS Diagnostics Tool.

Code Generation and Design Tool.


Appendix A: C++ Introduction.

Appendix B: Compilers and Makefiles.

Appendix C: General Operating System Concepts.

Appendix D: RCS Version Functions.

Appendix E: Platforms Tested.



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