On Reliable Communication and Group Membership in Safety-Relevant Automotive Electronic Systems
As automotive systems are becoming increasingly distributed, communication between their components is becoming even more eminent. In safety-relevant distributed systems, the reliability of communication between nodes is crucial for the safety of a system. To guarantee such reliability, it is prerequisite that all nodes in the system have a consistent view of which nodes are functioning correctly and which are not (group membership). In this paper existing algorithms for ensuring group membership are presented and possible solutions for communication systems without such functionality, for example FlexRay, as well as a solution for a network based approach are outlined.