Implementing Reliable Distributed Real-Time Systems with the Θ-Model

  • Jean-François Hermant
  • Josef Widder
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3974)


A widely accepted viewpoint is that designs for distributed real-time systems should be based on synchronous computational models. Safety in such designs, however, requires that the target system behaves as the synchronous model postulates. We believe that this approach is rather risky, as it rests on solving distributed scheduling problems which are known to be NP-hard. We therefore advocate the use of more relaxed system models, namely asynchronous models equipped with unreliable failure detectors.

To this end, we introduce a novel implementation of the perfect failure detector, resting on an abstract model without upper bounds on end-to-end message delays. Then, we demonstrate how this algorithm can be transferred from the abstract model into a real network/system architecture. Finally, we prove that this solution exhibits real-time behavior.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-François Hermant
    • 1
  • Josef Widder
    • 2
  1. 1.INRIA Rocquencourt, Projet NovaltisLe ChesnayFrance
  2. 2.Embedded Computing Systems Group E182/2Technische Universität WienViennaAustria

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