%T An assessment of the use of occam for dependable real\-time systems
%A A. Burns, A. J. Wellings, Hussein S. M. Zedan
%E Hussein S. M. Zedan
%B OUG\-13: Real\-Time Systems with Transputers
%X As occam based technology matures, and more transputer
implementations evolve, new application domains will open
up. This in turn will place fresh requirements on the
language. In some instances occam, in its current form, will
be unsuitable and language changes will be inevitable. This
is, of course, at odds with producing a
"standard" and "stable"
language definition.The purpose of this paper is to identify
the outstanding issues that must be discussed in the short,
medium or long\-term, if occam (and the transputer) is to be
used for a wide range of dependable real\-time applications
in current and future systems. Our approach is to start with
application requirements, from these to indicate occam
problem areas and then, if appropriate, offer potential
solutions. The areas considered are those associated with
hard real\-time, software reliability, mode changes, dynamic
change management and fault management.
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