September 1998

Special Report: Process Control and Information Systems

Real-time optimization: an ''alternative approach''

Performing functions simultaneously can improve performance

Dormer, A., Raynor, S., MDC Technology, Ltd.

Rather than the standard approach used by most optimization systems (Fig. 1), an alternative approach is based on simultaneous rather than sequential implementation (Fig. 2). The optimization and updating method enables more frequent, and thus more effective, systems to be implemented.  Fig. 1     Traditional optimization is done sequentially.  Fig. 2     A different approach permits functions to be done simultaneously. Most real-time applications consist of four main components

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