SHINPADS--A NEW SHIP INTEGRATION CONCEPT

The SHipboard INtegrated Processing And Display System (SHINPADS) is a Canadian Forces Trademark, and is not really a system. It is rather a concept of ship integration. Not combat system integration or propulsion and machinery system integration but ship integration. It encompasses the entire ship system including all combat system equipment, marine engineering systems, and extending into administrative support hardware. It is a concept based upon the idea of synergism, a property which is best explained by stating the whole is greater than the sum of its constituent parts. When the normal horizons of the subsystem designer are discarded and the entire ship is considered as an entity, the number of constituent parts available increases dramatically. But how does one "get it all together"? A distributed system approach in which former local subsystem equipments are made to function as global ship resources is the answer. Whereas until recently (where shipboard computers were concerned) "bigger was better," a distributed approach requires more numerous small processors to be considered. Of course information must be made avaliable to all processors, so a high speed data exchange method must be provided. Enter the SHINPADS Data Bus which not only provides this "ship central nervous system" capability but replaces tons of point-to-point wiring in the process. Other aspects of the concept include standardization of hardware, software, and interfacing. The SHINPADS concept is considered to provide redundancy and system survivability at a reduced life-cycle cost. It is suggested that such survivability cannot otherwise be achieved.

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    American Society of Naval Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Carruthers, J F
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 155-163
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  • Accession Number: 00194719
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Society of Naval Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM