Octopus Toolset

Twan Basten, Emiel van Benthum, Marc Geilen, Martijn Hendriks, Fred Houben, Georgeta Igna, Frans Reckers, Sebastian de Smet, Lou Somers, Egbert Teeselink, Nikola Trcka, Frits Vaandrager, Jacques Verriet, Marc Voorhoeve, and Yang Yang. Model-Driven Design-Space Exploration for Embedded Systems: The Octopus Toolset. In T. Margaria and B. Steffen, editors. Proceedings 4th International Symposium On Leveraging Applications of Formal Methods, Verification and Validation (ISoLA 2010), 18-20 October 2010 - Amirandes, Heraclion, Crete. LNCS 6415, pp. 90-105, Springer-Verlag, 2010.


The complexity of today's embedded systems and their development trajectories requires a systematic, model-driven design approach, supported by tooling wherever possible. Only then, development trajectories become manageable, with high-quality, cost-effective results.

This paper introduces the Octopus Design-Space Exploration (DSE) toolset that aims to leverage existing modeling, analysis, and DSE tools to support model-driven DSE for embedded systems. The current toolset integrates Uppaal and CPN Tools, and is centered around the DSE Intermediate Representation (DSEIR) that is specifically designed to support DSE. The toolset architecture allows: (i) easy reuse of models between different tools, while providing model consistency, and the combined use of these tools in DSE; (ii) domain-specific abstractions to support different application domains and easy reuse of tools across domains.

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