Lustre (programming language)
Lustre is a formally defined, declarative, and synchronous dataflow programming language for programming reactive systems. It began as a research project in the early 1980s. A formal presentation of the language can be found in the 1991 Proceedings of the IEEE. In 1993 it progressed to practical, industrial use in a commercial product as the core language of the industrial environment SCADE, developed by Esterel Technologies. It is now used for critical control software in aircraft, helicopters, and nuclear power plants.
Structure of Lustre programs
An Lustre program is a series of node definitions, written as:
node foo(a : bool) returns (b : bool); let b = not a; tel
foo is the name of the node,
a is the name of the single input of this node and
b is the name of the single output. In this example the node
foo returns the negation of its input
a which is the expected result.
Additional variables can be declared as follow:
node Nand(X,Y: bool) returns (Z: bool); var U: bool; let U = X and Y; Z = not U; tel
Note: The equations order doesn't matter, the order of lines
U = X and Y; and
Z = not U; doesn't change the result.
||Return the last value of p|
||Set p as the initial value of the expression q|
node Edge (X : bool) returns (E : bool); let E = false -> X and not pre X; tel
- SIGNAL (another dataflow-oriented synchronous language)
- Synchronous programming language
- Dataflow programming
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