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EU project streamlines embedded system design

Posted: 04 Aug 2010     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:SPEEDS project  embedded systems  safety-critical 

The four-year SPEEDS (SPEculative and Exploratory Design in Systems Engineering) project, funded under the European Union's 6th Framework Programme, has resulted in the definition of a novel end-to-end design methodology, process and tool environment for model-based safety-critical embedded systems that significantly improves design quality while reducing both design cycle times and costs.

The SPEEDS consortium comprises the following companies and research institutions: Airbus, Atego (Extessy), Carmeq, EADS, Esterel Technologies, Dassault Systèmes (Geensoft), IBM Israel, Institut National de Récherche en Informatique et en Automatique (INRIA), Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), Knorr Bremse Fekrendszerek, Kuratorium OFFIS, Magna Powertrain Engineering Centre, Parades Geie, Robert Bosch, Saab and UniversitéJoseph Fourier Grenoble.

SPEEDS development paradigm

Figure 1: SPEEDS builds on SysML, the concept of Heterogeneous Rich Components (HRC), in the form of a tool-independent meta-model.

"A unique collaboration between embedded systems researchers, developers and design tool vendors, the successful conclusion of the SPEEDS project will substantially improve the competitiveness of the European embedded systems industry," said Gert Döhmen, Coordinator of the SPEEDS Consortium and Head of Processes and Methods, Avionics Platforms and Electrical Systems at Airbus Deutschland.

"SPEEDS provides the basis for the European embedded systems industry to evolve from model-based design of hardware and software systems towards the design and construction of integrated, component-based complete virtual system models."

SPEEDS achieves this by delivering a multi-layered contract-based design and analysis methodology that formalizes the concept of Assumptions and Promises inherent within contracts. A new 'controlled speculative design process'—formalized in the SPEEDS Process Advisor toolset –facilitates trade-off studies through the evaluation of different architectures, enables right-first-time design and minimises the risk in adopting concurrent design practices.

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