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Optimize Automotive Supersystems

31 October 2007

Investigation of catastrophic specification and complex architecture paths completes, and gives competence to, electronics system engineering

Modern vehicles (automobiles, trains, aircraft, or ships) are obviously complex. The vehicle control architectures (VCA) in luxury automobiles, for instance, contain 50-80 electronic control units (ECU), all sporting a microprocessor of various capabilities and all communicating over four to six networks. Yet no one is able to say whether there should be 80 or 10 ECUs interconnected by one or 10 networks in an optimal VCA. Not only that, but it also is not possible to exhaustively verify the real-time control systems of modern vehicles using formal methods, or by building physical prototypes and driving or flying them around for a year or two.

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