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Cyber-Physical Systems

White Paper
Cyber-physical systems (CPS) integrate computational algorithms and physical components. SEI promotes the efficient development of high-confidence, distributed CPS.

Software Engineering Institute


Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are “engineered systems that are built from and depend upon the seamless integration of computational algorithms and physical components” (NSF). Our objective is to enable efficient development of high-confidence distributed CPSs whose nodes operate in a provably correct manner in terms of functionality and timing (synchronicity between physical and software components), leading to predictable and reliable behavior of the entire system. To this end, we develop scalable algorithms for functional analysis of real-time software, techniques for controlling and analyzing the effects of multicore memory access on CPS real-time behavior, and techniques for assuring coordination strategies. We also target both deterministic and stochastic CPSs.