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Feedback Control of Computing Systems

ISBN: 978-0-471-26637-2
456 pages
August 2004, Wiley-IEEE Press
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This is the first practical treatment of the design and application of feedback control of computing systems. MATLAB files for the solution of problems and case studies accompany the text throughout. The book discusses information technology examples, such as maximizing the efficiency of Lotus Notes.
This book results from the authors' research into the use of control theory to model and control computing systems. This has important implications to the way engineers and researchers approach different resource management problems. This guide is well suited for professionals and researchers in information technology and computer science.
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1. Introduction and Overview.


2. Model Construction.

3. Z-Transforms and Transfer Functions.

4. System Modeling with Block Diagrams.

5. First-Order Systems.

6. Higher-Order Systems.

7. State-Space Models.


8. Proportional Control.

9. PID Controllers.

10. State-Space Feedback Control.

11. Advanced Topics.

Appendix A: Mathematical Notation.

Appendix B: Acronyms.

Appendix C: Key Results.

Appendix D: Essentials of Linear Algebra.

Appendix E: MATLAB Basics.



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JOSEPH L. HELLERSTEIN, YIXIN DIAO, and SUJAY PAREKH are researchers at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Hawthorne, New York. They are also adjunct professors at Columbia University, where they are using this book to teach a class on feedback control to computer science students.

DAWN M. TILBURY is Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan.

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"..does excel at familiarizing computer scientists and practitioners with control-theoretic concepts and the idea of feedback...greatly enhanced by the exercises and extended examples."  (IEEE Control Systems Magazine, April 2007)

"The book is intensely practical…interesting and useful…" (Computing, January 10, 2005)

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