Time in general-purpose control systems: the Control Time Protocol and an experimental evaluation Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • No two clocks generally agree. Distributed control applications, however, require accurate timing information. This necessitates some form of message passing for interpretation of distributed clocks. We exhibit a fundamental indeterminacy in estimating time when delays are unequal in the two directions, necessitating an assumption of symmetry. We present the Control Time Protocol as an architecturally clean algorithm for providing timing information in the domain of distributed control. The protocol introduces no additional dependencies beyond those already present in the very control loops, thus enhancing the reliability of the systems. It has been implemented on the testbed in the Convergence Laboratory at the University of Illinois. Experimental results demonstrating how time stamping can be used to enhance stability and performance, as well as measurements of network latencies, are provided.

name of conference

  • 2004 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) (IEEE Cat. No.04CH37601)

published proceedings

  • 2004 43rd IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) (IEEE Cat. No.04CH37601)

author list (cited authors)

  • Graham, S., & Kumar, P. R

citation count

  • 43

complete list of authors

  • Graham, S||Kumar, PR

publication date

  • January 2004

publisher