Aspect-Orientation of Control Application Code for Distributed Automation Systems: The TORERO Approach

  • Marcus Tangermann
  • Christian Schwab
  • Athanasios P. Kalogeras
  • Kai Lorentz
  • Aggeliki S. Prayati
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2889)


Besides the programming of the control application code of a distributed automation system (DAS) and the functional allocation of the control application code to the specific devices that the DAS consists of, an important point is the implementation of communication related code to map to the underlying communication platform and to realise the collaboration of the distributed control application code. Due to the real-timeliness and even time-criticality of DAS applications, the correct handling of real-time constraints has to be considered. This paper presents an aspect-oriented approach for weaving the communication related code into the distributed control application code by means of AspectJ [AspJ03], an extension for aspect-oriented programming with Java, and gives a comparison to other approaches. In addition to the description of the weaving process and the presentation of a demonstrator example, considerations about the usability of this concept and some restrictions will be stated. This work is part of the research project TORERO, which is funded by the European Commission under the IST program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcus Tangermann
    • 1
  • Christian Schwab
    • 1
  • Athanasios P. Kalogeras
    • 2
  • Kai Lorentz
    • 1
  • Aggeliki S. Prayati
    • 3
  1. 1.Center Distributed Systens@IAFUniversity of MagdeburgMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Industrial Systems InstituteBuilding A, University CampusRion PatrasGreece
  3. 3.Dept. of Electrical Engineering & Computer TechnologyUniversity of PatrasRion PatrasGreece

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