Assuring Maintainability in Model-Driven Development of Embedded Systems

Assuring Maintainability in Model-Driven Development of Embedded Systems

Stefan Wagner (Technische Universität München, Germany), Florian Deissenboeck (Technische Universität München, Germany), Stefan Teuchert (Durchstreichen, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, Germany) and Jean-François Girard (Durchstreichen, MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG, Germany)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-006-6.ch014
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In model-driven software development as much as in classical code-driven development maintenance costs make up the bulk of the total life cycle costs of a software system. However, as development methods in MDSD differ from classical methods, assuring the maintainability of systems built with MDSD requires companies to adjust their quality assurance to work with the new paradigm and the novel type of development artefacts. As the automotive industry has already applied model-driven approaches for some time (usually in the form of Matlab/Simulink) it proves to be a fertile ground to advance assurance methods for the maintainability of model-based systems. In this chapter we describe a two-dimensional quality metamodel and present an instance that defines maintainability for MDSD with Matlab/Simulink and TargetLink. We exemplify how such a model serves as the basis of all quality assurance activities and report on experiences made in an industrial case study with one of the leading international providers of commercial vehicles and transport solutions.
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We investigate a slightly different flavour of MDSD than the MDA approach proposed by the OMG. In embedded systems development model-based tools such as Rhapsody, ASCET or Matlab/Simulink are commonly used. However, there is no explicit need to have different types of models on different levels and the modelling language is often not UML. Nevertheless, many characteristics are similar and quality-related results can easily be transferred to an MDA setting.

Matlab/Simulink is a tool commonly used in the automotive industry. It constitutes a representative example for a model-based tool-chain in embedded systems development. The original Simulink has its focus on continuous control engineering. Its counterpart Stateflow is a dialect of statecharts that is used to model the event-driven parts of a system. Fig. 1 shows example screenshots of the Simulink and Stateflow modelling environment.

Figure 1.

Simulink and Stateflow examples

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Foreword
Colin Atkinson
Preface
Jörg Rech, Christian Bunse
Acknowledgment
Jörg Rech, Christian Bunse
Chapter 1
Ariadi Nugroho
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Chapter 2
Teade Punter, Jeroen Voeten
This chapter argues that embedded systems design faces several challenges of which late integration and the difference in development productivity... Sample PDF
Quality in Model Driven Engineering
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Examples and Evidence  (pages 57-77)
Sowmya Karunakaran
This chapter aims at highlighting the increased development productivity and quality that can be achieved by Model Driven Software Development... Sample PDF
Examples and Evidence
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Chapter 4
Anna E. Bobkowska
Successful realization of the model-driven software development visions in practice requires high quality models. This chapter focuses on the... Sample PDF
Integrating Quality Criteria and Methods of Evaluation for Software Models
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Heiko Koziolek, Steffen Becker, Ralf Reussner, Jens Happe
Techniques from model-driven software development are useful to analyse the performance of a software architecture during early development stages.... Sample PDF
Evaluating Performance of Software Architecture Models with the Palladio Component Model
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Esther Guerra, Juan de Lara, Paloma Díaz
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Measuring Models  (pages 147-169)
Martin Monperrus, Jean-Marc Jézéquel, Joël Champeau, Brigitte Hoeltzener
Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) is an approach to software development that uses models as primary artifacts, from which code, documentation and... Sample PDF
Measuring Models
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Tom Mens, Gabriele Taentzer, Dirk Müller
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Michael Wahler
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Miroslaw Staron
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Antonio Bucchiarone, Davide Di Ruscio, Henry Muccini, Patrizio Pelliccione
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