Embedded Control Systems Development with Giotto

Thomas A. Henzinger, Benjamin Horowitz, and Christoph M. Kirsch

Giotto is a principled, tool-supported design methodology for implementing embedded control systems on platforms of possibly distributed sensors, actuators, CPUs, and networks. Giotto is based on the principle that time-triggered task invocations plus time-triggered mode switches can form the abstract essence of programming real-time control systems. Giotto consists of a programming language with a formal semantics, and a retargetable compiler and runtime library. Giotto supports the automation of control system design by strictly separating platform-independent functionality and timing concerns from platform-dependent scheduling and communication issues. The time-triggered predictability of Giotto makes it particularly suitable for safety-critical applications with hard real-time constraints. We illustrate the platform independence and time-triggered execution of Giotto by coordinating a heterogeneous flock of Intel x86 robots and Lego Mindstorms robots.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Languages, Compilers, and Tools for Embedded Systems (LCTES), ACM Press, 2001, pp. 64-72. An extended version appeared in Software-Enabled Control: Information Technology for Dynamical Systems (T. Samad, G. Balas, eds.), IEEE Press and Wiley-Interscience, 2003, pp. 123-146.

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