Introduction to Real-Time Ethernet I
Source: Contemporary Control Systems
Real-time electronic distributed control systems are an important development of the technological evolution. Electronics are employed to control and monitor most safety-critical applications from flight decks to hospital operating rooms. As these real-time systems become increasingly prevalent and advanced, so does the demand to physically distribute the control in strict real-time. Thus, there is a need for control network protocols to support stringent real-time requirements. Real-time networks must provide a guarantee of service so they will consistently operate deterministically and correctly.