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Use of Software Component Models and Services in Embedded Real-Time Systems
Mälardalen University, Department of Computer Science and Electronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0424-7639
2007 (English)In: Proceedings of the Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the use of software component models has become popular in the development of desktop applications and distributed information systems, such models have not been widely used in the domain of embedded real-time systems. Presumably, this is due to the requirements such systems have to meet with respect to predictable timing and limited use of resources. There is a considerable amount of research on component models for embedded real-time systems that focuses on source code components, statically configured systems, and relatively narrow application domains. This paper explores the alternative approach of using a mainstream component model based on binary components. The effects of using the model on timing and resource usage have been measured by implementing example applications both with and without using the model. In addition, the use of a prototype tool for supporting software component services has been investigated in the same manner.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007.
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Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4035DOI: 10.1109/HICSS.2007.596Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-39749137018ISBN: 0769527558 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4035DiVA: diva2:120572
Conference
40th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2007, HICSS'07; Big Island, HI; 3 January 2007 through 6 January 2007
Available from: 2006-11-20 Created: 2006-11-20 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
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1. An Evolutionary Approach to Software Components in Embedded Real-Time Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An Evolutionary Approach to Software Components in Embedded Real-Time Systems
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Component-based software engineering denotes the practice of building software from pre-existing smaller products, in particular when this is done using standardized software component models. The main expected benefits of this practice over traditional software engineering approaches are increased productivity and timeliness of development projects. While the use of software component models has become common for desktop and server-side software, this is not the case in the domain of embedded real-time systems, presumably due to the special requirements such systems have to meet with respect to predictable timing and limited use of resources. Much research exists that aims to define new component models for this domain, typically focusing on source code components, static system configuration, and relatively narrow application domains.

This dissertation explores the alternative approach of using components based on binary code, allowing dynamic configuration, and targeting a broader domain. A study of a general purpose component model shows that the model is compatible with real-time requirements, although putting some restrictions on its use may be necessary to ensure predictability. A case study demonstrates how the model has been used with advantage in an industrial control system. The dissertation furthermore proposes an approach for extending the component model with run-time services for embedded real-time systems. It presents a prototype tool for supporting such services, along with two empirical studies to evaluate the approach and the tool as well as the component model itself. One study shows that both the component model and the services provided by the tool result in very modest and predictable run-time overheads. The other study, evaluating the effects on productivity and quality of using the approach in a software development project, did not produce quantitative evidence, but concludes that the approach is promising and identifies possible adjustments to it and opportunities for further studies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Institutionen för Datavetenskap och Elektronik, 2006. 207 p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 35
Keyword
Software Components, Embedded Real-Time Systems
National Category
Software Engineering
Research subject
Datavetenskap
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-166 (URN)91-85485-29-2 (ISBN)
Public defence
2006-12-18, Zeta, T, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås, 13:00
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Available from: 2006-11-20 Created: 2006-11-20 Last updated: 2013-12-03

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