Time for Reactive System Modeling

Reactive systems interact with their environment by reading inputs and computing and feeding back outputs in reactive cycles that are also called ticks. Often they are safety critical systems and are increasingly modeled with highlevel modeling tools. The concepts of the corresponding modeling languages are typically aimed to facilitate formal reasoning about program constructiveness to guarantee deterministic output and are explicitly abstracted from execution time aspects. Nevertheless, the worst-case execution time of a tick can be a crucial value, where exceedance can lead to lost inputs or tardy reaction to critical events. This thesis proposes a general approach to interactive timing analysis, which enables the feedback of detailed timing values directly in the model representation to support timing aware modeling. The concept is based on a generic timing interface that enables the exchangeability of the modeling as well as the timing analysis tool for the flexible implementation of varying tool chains. The proposed timing analysis approach includes visual highlighting and modeling pragmatics features to guide the user to timing hotspots for timing related model revisions.




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