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Modelling of input-parameter dependency for performance predictions of component-based embedded systems

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4 Author(s)
E. Bondarev ; Dept. of Syst. Archit. & Networking, Eindhoven Univ. of Technol., Netherlands ; P. de With ; M. Chaudron ; J. Muskens

The guaranty of meeting the timing constraints during the design phase of real-time component-based embedded software has not been realized. To satisfy real-time requirements, we need to understand behaviour and resource usage of a system over time. In this paper, we address both aspects in detail by observing the influence of input data on the system behaviour and performance. We extend an existing scenario simulation approach that features the modelling of input parameter dependencies and simulating the execution of the models. The approach enables specification of the dependencies in the component models, as well as initialisation of the parameters in the application scenario model. This gives a component-based application designer an explorative possibility of going through all possible execution scenarios with different parameter initialisations, and finding the worst-case scenarios where the predicted performance does not satisfy the requirements. The identification of these scenarios is important because it avoids system redesign at the later stage. In addition, the conditional behaviour and resource usage modelling with respect to the input data provide more accurate prediction.

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31st EUROMICRO Conference on Software Engineering and Advanced Applications

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30 Aug.-3 Sept. 2005