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Structured Development for Real-Time Systems by Stephen J. Mellor, Paul T. Ward

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Authors’ Preface

Real-time and embedded systems are in widespread use in the modern world. From the microprocessor controller in a camera, through “smart” traffic lights and production control systems, to large defense systems, computer technology is increasingly a part of systems that control and respond to their environments in real-time. As the technology has improved, we have come to rely on these systems more and more — we have even put our lives in their hands. Airplanes, biomedical accelerators, nuclear power plants, and the like all depend on real-time control to operate safely. A failure in a control system, such as not responding correctly to faults in the environment, could endanger many lives.

Unfortunately, we have seen a tendency ...

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