Outcome Optimizing Controller

Nov. 12, 2018
This system from General Electric offers a generational advancement to PAC-based industrial control systems by enabling safe, secure communication between real-time deterministic control and non-deterministic applications.

This allows the use of external data to analyze and optimize business operations. The system provides software defined controls with enhanced optimization capabilities while maintaining the stringent safety and security required in industrial applications. The foundation of the OOC is a multicore hypervised processor that provides a secure, cooperative framework to run near-real time analytics locally in parallel with control processes. The ability to run two operating systems (a RTOS such as vxworks and general purpose OS such as Linux) in tandem provides an entirely new approach to the optimization of control processes. Hypervisor technology makes it possible to run analytics and optimization applications at the machine level without directly impacting deterministic, real-time control. Some applications include the ability to act as a coprocessor, processing data outside of the PACSystem engine; the ability to act as a secure web server serving text or graphical HTML5 pages via HTTPS protocol to an external client device running a HTML5 browser or dedicated app; and the ability to act as a “Block Box” recorder or data logger, writing data to a file or SQL database for later analysis.

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