Embedded Systems Projects of Fraunhofer FOKUS

SPES_XT – Software Platform Embedded Systems XT

The BMBF-funded project “Software Platform Embedded Systems XT” (SPES_XT) is composed of 21 partners from industrial companies and research institutions working on topics such as the seamless, methodical, and tool-based integration of modeling and analysis technologies into the development process of embedded systems.

The efforts focus on the domains automation, automotive, and avionics. As part of the project, the competence center SQC is working on the topics “Optimal Deployment” and “Reuse and Variation Management”. The aim is to develop methods for the optimal distribution of processes to processors as well as for the integration of variation models into development processes. SQC has many years of experience in the development and testing of methods for variation management, particularly in the automotive industry.

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CESAR – Cost-efficient methods and processes for safety relevant embedded systems

CESAR stands for “Cost-efficient methods and processes for safety relevant embedded systems” and is a European project funded in the context of the ARTEMIS JOINT UNDERTAKING (JU).

The three transportation domains automotive, aerospace, and rail, as well as the automation domain share the need to develop ultra-reliable embedded systems to meet societal demands for increased mobility and safety in a highly competitive global market.

In order to maintain Europe’s leading-edge position in the transportation and automation markets, the CESAR project aims to significantly boost cost efficiency in the development of embedded systems and safety processes.

CESAR pursues a multi-domain approach for the integration of large enterprises, suppliers, SMEs, and cross-sector vendors and is cooperating with leading research institutions and innovative SMEs.

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CRYSTAL – Critical System Engineering Acceleration

The project CRYSTAL (CRitical sYSTem engineering AcceLeration), which started at the beginning of May 2013 in the context of the European technology initiative ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking (ARTEMIS JU), will strengthen Europe’s leading position with regard to embedded systems technologies particularly in terms of the quality and cost efficiency of safety-critical embedded systems and architecture platforms. The superordinate aim is to enable sustainable methods for accelerating the maturation, integration, and cross-sectoral reusability of technological and methodological components of development companies for safety-critical embedded systems in the areas of transportation (aerospace, automotive, rail) and health care.

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SPRINT – Software Platform for Integration of Engineering and Things

SPRINT – Software Platform for Integration of Engineering and Things – is a joint project of leading industry companies and research institutes in the European Union. The aim of the project is to create an Internet-based platform that will bring together companies and various engineering disciplines in order to allow joint development of components of complex systems. In doing so, SPRINT intends to eliminate the problems of current approaches, which only allow integration tests for different components to be performed when the entire system has been completed.

The new Internet platform will combine tools used by different companies in order to present a single unified picture of the system being developed. These tools include, for example, IBM Rational’s System Architect for Design, Team Center for Testing, DOORS for Requirements Engineering, mathCore’s MathModelica, HP’s Quality Center, Elvior’s TestCast as well as additional SQC tools. In the project, the Jazz technology of IBM Rational is used as a basis for an integration level combining all tools, teams, models, and methods.

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VARIES –VARiability in safety critical Embedded Systems

Embedded systems have become omnipresent components of a wide variety of products. They perform services in TV sets, cell phones, and washing machines, but also in safety-critical products such as driver assistance systems (airbag control, ESP, ABS) or medical devices (infusion pumps, heart-lung machines, and dialysis machines). In the case of the latter, in particular, human lives can depend on the reliable fulfillment of a system’s functions, which is why such systems are subject to a many different regulations and certification requirements aimed at proving the high functional and failure safety that is required in these application areas. At the same time, the manufacturers of such systems face the challenge of having to provide innovative, marketable products quickly, with high quality and at a low price. The embedded systems used in these products are therefore generally not developed from scratch; rather, tried and tested solution components are reused.

In non-safety-critical areas, the development effort could already be more than halved through the introduction of innovative software engineering approaches (such as the introduction of product lines, configuration management, modular systems, etc.). In the project VARIES, 23 partners from seven European countries – including five partners from Germany – are working on unleashing this potential also for the development process of safety-critical embedded systems – which are subject to additional certification requirements and other regulations.

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