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A cost-efficiency model for 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: 0000-0002-4300-885X
2012 (English)In: Global Software Engineering Workshops (ICGSEW), 2012 IEEE Seventh International Conference on, IEEE , 2012, 6-11 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The seamless integration of development tools can help to improve the productivity of software development and reduce development costs. When tool chains are used in the context of global software engineering, they are deployed as globally distributed systems. Tool chains have the potential to bring productivity gains but they are also expensive to realize. The decision to introduce a tool chain is often made based only on a qualitative analysis of the situation. More precise analysis of the trade-offs would be possible if a quantitative model describing the cost-efficiency of tool chains would be available. We apply the COCOMO model for cost analysis in combination with the TIL model for tool chain design to create a generic quantitative estimation model for predicting the cost-efficiency of tool chains. We validate the cost-efficiency model with a case study of an industrial tool chain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IEEE , 2012. 6-11 p.
Keyword [en]
Cost Estimation, Global Engineering, Process Modeling, Tool Integration
National Category
Computer Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-103827DOI: 10.1109/ICGSEW.2012.13ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84870654195ISBN: 978-076954788-6OAI: diva2:561993
2012 IEEE 7th International Conference on Global Software Engineering Workshops, ICGSEW 2012; Porto Alegre; 27 August 2012 through 30 August 2012

QC 20121214

Available from: 2012-10-22 Created: 2012-10-22 Last updated: 2013-09-03Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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.
Trita-MMK, ISSN 1400-1179 ; 2012:09
Tool Chain, Tool Integration, Domain-Specific Modeling Language, Generative Approach, Lifecycle Support for Embedded System Development
National Category
Computer Systems
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-109303 (URN)978-91-7501-426-5 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-01-17, F3, Lindstedtsvägen 26, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)

QC 20130107

Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2012-12-31 Last updated: 2013-01-07Bibliographically approved

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