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On the modeling and generation of service-oriented tool chains
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Embedded Control Systems.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Embedded Control Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0889-5190
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Embedded Control Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7842-1599
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Machine Design (Dept.), Embedded Control Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4300-885X
2014 (English)In: Software and Systems Modeling, ISSN 1619-1366, E-ISSN 1619-1374, Vol. 13, no 2, 461-480 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Tool chains have grown from ad-hoc solutions to complex software systems, which often have a service-oriented architecture. With service-oriented tool integration, development tools are made available as services, which can be orchestrated to form tool chains. Due to the increasing sophistication and size of tool chains, there is a need for a systematic development approach for service-oriented tool chains. We propose a domain-specific modeling language (DSML) that allows us to describe the tool chain on an appropriate level of abstraction. We present how this language supports three activities when developing service-oriented tool chains: communication, design and realization. A generative approach supports the realization of the tool chain using the service component architecture. We present experiences from an industrial case study, which applies the DSML to support the creation of a service-oriented tool chain. We evaluate the approach both qualitatively and quantitatively by comparing it with a traditional development approach.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 13, no 2, 461-480 p.
Keyword [en]
Domain specific modeling language, Generative approach, Service-oriented architecture, Tool integration
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Computer Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103828DOI: 10.1007/s10270-012-0275-7ISI: 000335236300003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84899932886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-103828DiVA: diva2:561992
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QC 20140602

Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
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1. A Modeling Language for the Description and Development of Tool Chains for Embedded Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Modeling Language for the Description and Development of Tool Chains for Embedded Systems
2013 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The development of embedded systems is typically supported by a number of diverse development tools. To achieve seamless tool support throughout the embedded systems development process, tool chains are constructed as software solutions that integrate the development tools. Tool chains have grown from ad-hoc solutions to complex software systems, since they need to support distributed engineering, integration conventions, a specific set of tools and the complete product development process used in a company. In practice, the development of tool chains that fulfill these needs is difficult and time-consuming, since it is a largely unsupported, manual engineering task. In addition, tool chains are typically described using general purpose modeling languages or languages borrowed from other domains, which contributes to the accidental complexity of tool chain development. Due to the increasing sophistication and size of tool chains, there is a need for a systematic, targeted description and development approach for tool chains.

This thesis contributes with a language for the systematic description of tool chains and semi-automated techniques to support their development.

The Tool Integration Language (TIL) is a domain-specific modeling language (DSML) for tool chains that allows describing tool chains explicitly, systematically and at an appropriate level of abstraction. TIL concepts are from the domain of tool integration and express the essential design decisions of tool chains at an architectural level of abstraction. A TIL model serves as a basis for the development of a tailored tool chain.

Semi-automated techniques for the specification, analysis and synthesis support the development of tool chains that are described as TIL models. Specification techniques support the creation and refinement of a tool chain model that is aligned to a given development process and set of tools. Domain-specific analysis techniques are used to check the alignment of the tool chain model with the supported process. Synthesis techniques support the efficient realization of the specified tool chain model as a software solution that conforms to integration conventions.

Experiences from case studies are presented which apply TIL to support the creation of tool chains. The approach is evaluated, both qualitatively and quantitatively, by comparing it to traditional development methods for tool chains. The approach enables the efficient development of tailored tool chains, which have the potential to improve the productivity of embedded systems development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2013. xvii, 107 p.
Series
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2012:09
Keyword
Tool Chain, Tool Integration, Domain-Specific Modeling Language, Generative Approach, Lifecycle Support for Embedded System Development
National Category
Computer Systems
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-109303 (URN)978-91-7501-426-5 (ISBN)
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2013-01-17, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2012-12-31 Last updated: 2013-01-07Bibliographically approved

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