Ad Hoc Wireless Networking and Shared Computation for Autonomous Multirobot Systems

Riccardo Bevilacqua, Jason S. Hall, James Horning, Marcello Romano
2009 Journal of Aerospace Computing Information and Communication  
A wireless ad hoc network is introduced that enables inter-robot communication and shared computation among multiple robots with PC/104-based single board computers running the real-time application interface patched Linux operating system. Through the use of IEEE 802.11 ad hoc technology and User Datagram Protocol, each robot is able to exchange data without the need of a centralized router or wireless access point. The paper presents three key aspects of this novel architecture to include: 1)
more » ... procedures to install the real-time application interface patched operating system and wireless ad hoc communication protocol on a multiple robot system; 2) development of a Simulink ® library to enable intercommunication among robots and provide the requisite software-hardware interfaces for the onboard sensor suite and actuator packages; 3) methods to rapidly generate and deploy real-time executables using Mathwork's Real-Time Workshop™ to enable an autonomous robotic system. Experimental test results from the Spacecraft Robotics Laboratory at the Naval Postgraduate School are presented which demonstrate negligible network latencies and real-time distributed computing capability on the Autonomous Spacecraft Assembly Test Bed. A complete manual is also included to replicate the network and software infrastructures described in this work. Also, the developed Simulink ® library can be requested from the authors.
doi:10.2514/1.40734 fatcat:gz56mboxxnarrdnkea73mth5e4