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Tool Integration Beyond Wasserman
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5704-4504
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0889-5190
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Mechatronics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4300-885X
2011 (English)In: Advanced Information Systems Engineering Workshops / [ed] Camille Salinesi, Oscar Pastor, Berlin: Springer-Verlag , 2011, 270-281 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The typical development environment today consists of many specialized development tools, which are partially integrated, forming a complex tool landscape with partial integration. Traditional approaches for reasoning about tool integration are insufficient to measure the degree of integration and integration optimality in today’s complex tool landscape. This paper presents a reference model that introduces dependencies between, and metrics for, integration aspects to overcome this problem. This model is used to conceive a method for reasoning about tool integration and identify improvements in an industrial case study. Based on this we are able to conclude that our reference model does not detract value from the principles that it is based on, instead it highlights improvements that were not well visible earlier. We conclude the paper by discussing open issues for our reference model, namely if it is suitable to use during the creation of new systems, if the used integration aspects can be subdivided further to support the analysis of secondary issues related to integration, difficulties related to the state dependency between the data and process aspects within the context of developing embedded systems and the analysis of non-functional requirements to support tool integration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Berlin: Springer-Verlag , 2011. 270-281 p.
, Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, ISSN 1865-1348 ; 83
Keyword [en]
Tool Integration, Model-based Tool Integration, Model-based Development, Integrated Development Environments
National Category
Computer Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-47629DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-22056-2ISI: 000301989300025ScopusID: 2-s2.0-79960316852ISBN: 978-3-642-22055-5OAI: diva2:455844
1st Workshop on Integration of IS Engineering Tools (INISET 2011, London, England, JUN 20-24, 2011
QC 20111118Available from: 2011-11-18 Created: 2011-11-11 Last updated: 2012-09-27Bibliographically approved
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1. Tool Integration and Safety: A Foundation for Analysing the Impact of Tool Integrationon Non-functional Properties
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Tool Integration and Safety: A Foundation for Analysing the Impact of Tool Integrationon Non-functional Properties
2012 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The increasing complexity of embedded systems development is becoming difficult to handle with development environments based on disjoint engineering tools. Support for interactions between various engineering tools, especially through automated means, has therefore received an increased amount of attention during the last few years. The subsequent increase in the amount of tool integration is leading to an increased impact of tool integration on non-functional properties of development efforts, development environments and end products. At the same time there is a lack of methods and tools for analysing the relationship between these properties and tool integration. To establish a foundation for analysing this generic relationship, the specific relationship between tool integration and the safety of end products is analysed in this thesis.

A survey was conducted to analyze the State of the Art of tool integration as related to safety. This survey specifically identified the lack of an efficient handling of tool integration by modern safety standards as an important concern. In relation to this survey, three theories were identified as of specific importance. These are the school of thought known as Systems Thinking, the Systems-Theoretic Accident Model and Processes (STAMP) causality model and the System-Theoretic Process Analysis (STPA) hazard analysis technique.

Building on these theories, this thesis provides original contributions intended to (1) describe concepts and models related to tool integration and safety (the first and second contribution), (2) link tool integration to safety in a way that reduces complexity during analysis (the third contribution) and (3) propose how to interpret and make use of the implications of the presented theories and the first three contributions (the fourth and fifth contribution).

• The first contribution is a new conceptual model of a development effort that emphasizes tool integration.

• The second contribution is a new reference model for tool integration in highly heterogeneous environments.

• The third contribution consists of nine safety-related tool chain properties, i.e. properties of tool chains that could mitigate at least part of the risks introduced by tool integration.

• The fourth contribution is a proposition on how to identify safety implications due to a high level of automation of tool integration.

• The fifth contribution is a proposition for a new software tool qualification process.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2012. xiii, 84 p.
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2012:17
Tool Integration, Integrated Development Environments, Embedded Systems, Safety Standards, Certification, Qualification, Systems Thinking, System Safety, STAMP, STPA
National Category
Embedded Systems
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-102876 (URN)978-91-7501-487-6 (ISBN)
2012-10-05, B319, Brinellvägen 85, KTH, Stockholm, 09:00 (English)
Available from: 2012-09-27 Created: 2012-09-27 Last updated: 2012-09-27Bibliographically approved

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