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Title: Real-time software upgrade

Abstract

The various technologies presented herein relate to upgrading industrial control software in real-time. During utilization of a first software to control an industrial process, a determination can be made that the first software needs to be replaced (e.g., partially or entirely) owing to a newer version of software is ready to be deployed, a vulnerability in the first software has been determined, etc. Rather than closing the industrial process down while the first software is replaced, a second software can be deployed such that the first software and the second software are operating in parallel (e.g., receiving the same operational data, process states). When a critical point (upgrade location) in the first software has been reached, control of the industrial process can be switched to the second software, thereby enabling control of the industrial process to occur without having to temporarily cease operation and/or monitoring of the industrial process.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1464604
Patent Number(s):
10,037,203
Application Number:
15/221,843
Assignee:
National Technology & Engineering Solutions of Sandia, LLC (Albuquerque, NM)
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2016 Jul 28
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING

Citation Formats

Chavez, Adrian R., Phan, Kandy, Hosic, Jasenko, Birmingham, Ryan Michael, and Patel, Jaykumar D. Real-time software upgrade. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Chavez, Adrian R., Phan, Kandy, Hosic, Jasenko, Birmingham, Ryan Michael, & Patel, Jaykumar D. Real-time software upgrade. United States.
Chavez, Adrian R., Phan, Kandy, Hosic, Jasenko, Birmingham, Ryan Michael, and Patel, Jaykumar D. Tue . "Real-time software upgrade". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1464604.
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