R3TOS-Based Integrated Modular Space Avionics for On-Board Real-Time Data Processing

Adewale Adetomi, Godwin Enemali, Xabier Iturbe, Tughrul Arslan, Didier Keymeulen

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Abstract

The partitioning of computing platforms is a wellknown technique for achieving fault isolation and fault tolerance in space avionics. With the advent of large-capacity and partially reconfigurable FPGAS, partitioning has been proposed at the System-on-Chip (SoC) level. Howeverfixed hardware partitions in a SoC, such as those in slotted reconfigurable architectures, arenot effective in coping with permanent chip damage provoked by cumulative space radiation, thereason being that a single damaged on-chip resource in one partition can prevent the use of that entire partition. In this paper, we discuss how to use R3TOS (Reliable Reconfigurable Real-Time Operating System) to implement a dynamically-partitioned computing platform on a Xilinx Zynq SoC that processes science data delivered by a NASA Fourier transform spectrometer. Unlikein related approaches, R3TOS avoids fixed partitions by harnessing the Zynq's configuration memory for exchanging data among the partitions. This enables us to achieve higher levels of flexibility in the spectrometer avionics, which results in a more effective capability to withstand chip damage. We have simulated different chip damage scenarios and checked that an R3TOS-based prototypic avionics system can tolerate on average around 13% more on-chip damaged resources than a traditional fixed slotted solution.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, AHS 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-8
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781538677537
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2018
Event2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, AHS 2018 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 6 Aug 20189 Aug 2018

Conference

Conference2018 NASA/ESA Conference on Adaptive Hardware and Systems, AHS 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period6/08/189/08/18

Keywords

  • Autonomous System
  • Reconfigurable Hardware
  • Reconfigurable Operating System
  • ReliabilityAvionics

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