Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Node: A Durra Application Example
journal contributionposted on 01.02.1989, 00:00 by Mario R. Barbacci, Dennis L. Doubleday, Charles B. Weinstock, Steven L. Baur, David C. Bixler, Michael T. Heins
Durra is a language designed to support the construction of distributed applications using concurrent, coarse-grain tasks running on networks of heterogeneous processors. An application written in Durra describes the tasks to be instantiated and executed as concurrent processes, the types of data to be exchanged by the processes, and the intermediate queues required to store the data as they move from producer to consumer processes. This report describes an experiment in implementing a command, control, communications and intelligence (C3I) node using reusable components. The experiment involves writing task descriptions and type declarations for a subset of the TRW testbed, a collection of C3I software modules developed by TRW Defense Systems Group. The experiment illustrates the development of a typical Durra application. This is a three-step process: first, a collection of tasks (programs) is designed and implemented (these are the testbed programs); second, a collection of task descriptions corresponding to the task implementations is written in Durra, compiled, and stored in a library; and finally, an application description is written in Durra and compiled, resulting in a set of resource allocation and scheduling commands to be interpreted at runtime.