Analysis of microcomputer network for computer-assisted mining research.
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9330, 1992 Jan; :1-10
The U.S. Bureau of Mines is conducting research that will lead to computer-assisted mining equipment. This research will facilitate improvements in safety by relocating workers from dangerous areas and will increase production by providing more accurate control with less downtime of equipment. A Bureau-developed microcomputer network enhances this research by permitting a group of diverse computers to interact with a mining machine as well as with each other over a common data link. The network is composed of specially integrated off-the-shelf hardware and industry-standard, operating system and programming languages. Using the network, researchers can conduct various experiments with the mining machine using a diverse group of sensors, computers, and microcontrollers. This report gives a brief background on the Bureau's work in computer- assisted mining, followed by discussions on the network hardware and architecture and the network packets, and an analysis of network operation.
Computer-systems-hardware; Operating-systems-computers; Mining-engineering; Systems-engineering; Packet-switching; Network-control; Computer-systems-design; Mining-equipment; Automatic-control; Computer-networks; Microcomputers
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Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, IC 9330