Part of the book: Automation
In this study, a real-time scheduling algorithm, which supports periodic and sporadic executions with event handling, is proposed for the middleware of industrial automation devices or controllers, such as industrial robots and programmable logic controllers. When sensors and embedded controllers are included in control loops having different control periods, they should transmit their data periodically to the controllers and actuators; otherwise, fatal failure of the system including the devices could occur. The proposed scheduling algorithm manages modules, namely, the thread type (or .so type) and process type (or .exe type), for periodic execution, sporadic execution, and non-real-time execution. The program structures for the thread-type and process-type modules that can make the proposed algorithm manage the modules efficiently are suggested; then, they are applied in periodic and sporadic executions. For sporadic executions, the occurrences of events are first examined to invoke the execution modules corresponding to the events. The proposed scheduling algorithm is implemented using the Xenomai real-time operating system (OS) and Linux, and it is validated through several examples.
Part of the book: Scheduling Problem - New Applications and Trends