Distributed processing concepts are applied to the design of a highly reliable, modular multiple computer system. A preliminary model of processing and data base requirements is presented for a range of potential Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) configurations. A survey of system architectures and the state-of-the-art in distributed processing is included. Classes of processors, interconnections and logical structures are considered. Display technology is surveyed. Based on the system models and technology surveys, four system architectures are selected which include: large minis and small mini/16bit micros; interconnection by shared bus and by a network of direct serial lines; and alternative logical structures. A preliminary design is presented for each candidate architecture. A set of evaluation criteria and an evaluation methodology is presented. The four candidate architectures are evaluated on the basis of simplicity, feasibility, modularity/flexibility, maintainability, expandability, reliability, cost and performance. Two architectures are recommended for further consideration. Both use relatively large minis interconnected by a shared bus. The lesser rated of the two maintains functional assignments of processors throughout the VTS configurations studied. The highest rated architecture allows functional assignments to be rearranged from one configuration to another, thus reducing the hardware required. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Computing Company

    Bethesda, MD  United States 
  • Authors:
    • HENSON, C C
    • Cleaver, R A
    • Kaisler, S H
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

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  • Pagination: 313 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00190471
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: USCG-D-66-78
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-81-78-1833
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 2002 12:00AM