Membership Middleware for Dependable and Cost-Effective X-by-Wire Systems
Balancing between dependability and cost-effectiveness is essential to promote X-by-Wire systems in the next decade. To achieve this goal, we have so far proposed a network centric architecture based on a concept of autonomous decentralized systems, where if one node fails, the remaining normal nodes autonomously execute a backup control to maintain the system's functionality, as well as a membership middleware indispensable to this architecture to ensure the consistency of the node status information among all nodes. In this work, we implemented membership middleware on a hardware and software platform equivalent to one assumed to be used in actual X-by-Wire systems. This paper describes the implementation details and performance evaluation result, and shows that membership middleware and a real-time critical application can coexist within one microcontroller.