Lustre (programming language)

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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.[1] 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,[2]helicopters, and nuclear power plants.

Structure of Lustre programs

A Lustre program is a series of node definitions, written as:

node foo(a : bool) returns (b : bool);
  b = not a;

Where 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.

Inner variables

Additional internal variables can be declared as follows:

 node Nand(X,Y: bool) returns (Z: bool);
   var U: bool;
   U = X and Y;
   Z = not U;

Note: The equations order doesn't matter, the order of lines U = X and Y; and Z = not U; doesn't change the result.

Special operators

pre p Returns the previous value of p
p -> q Set p as the initial value of the expression q


Edge detection

node Edge (X : bool) returns (E : bool);
  E = false -> X and not pre X;

See also


  1. ^ [1] N. Halbwachs et al. The Synchronous Data Flow Programming Language LUSTRE. In Proc. IEEE 1991 Vol. 79, No. 9. Accessed 17 March 2014.
  2. ^ "SCADE Success Stories". Retrieved 8 June 2013.

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