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Automatic optimisation of system architectures using EAST-ADL

Walker, Martin; Reiser, Mark-Oliver; Tucci-Piergiovanni, Sara; Papadopoulos, Yiannis; Lönn, Henrik; Mraidha, Chokri; Parker, David; Chen, DeJiu; Servat, David


Martin Walker

Mark-Oliver Reiser

Sara Tucci-Piergiovanni

Henrik Lönn

Chokri Mraidha

DeJiu Chen

David Servat


There are many challenges which face designers of complex system architectures, particularly safety-critical or real-time systems. The introduction of Architecture Description Languages (ADLs) has helped to meet these challenges by consolidating information about a system and providing a platform for modelling and analysis capabilities. However, managing this wealth of information can still be problematic, and evaluation of potential design decisions is still often performed manually. Automatic architectural optimisation can be used to assist this decision process, enabling designers to rapidly explore many different options and evaluate them according to specific criteria. In this paper, we present a multi-objective optimisation approach based on EAST-ADL, an ADL in the automotive domain, with the goal of combining the advantages of ADLs and architectural optimisation. The approach is designed to be extensible and leverages the capabilities of EAST-ADL to provide support for evaluation according to different factors, including dependability, timing/performance, and cost. The technique is applied to an illustrative example system featuring both hardware and software perspectives, demonstrating the potential benefits of this concept to the design of embedded system architectures.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2013-10
Journal Journal Of Systems And Software
Print ISSN 0164-1212
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 86
Issue 10
Pages 2467-2487
APA6 Citation Walker, M., Reiser, M., Tucci-Piergiovanni, S., Papadopoulos, Y., Lönn, H., Mraidha, C., …Servat, D. (2013). Automatic optimisation of system architectures using EAST-ADL. Journal of Systems and Software, 86(10), 2467-2487.
Keywords Hardware and Architecture; Software; Information Systems