An Integrated Modelling Support Environment


IMSE - 2143

Keywords performance modelling, performance modelling environments, petri-net tools, process interaction tools, PCTE/OMS


Start Date: 01-JAN-89 / Duration: 36 months

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Objectives and Approach

The aim of IMSE is to facilitate the use of systems engineering methods throughout the design cycle by the development of a support environment for performance modelling. The related goals are to improve the integration of currently available modelling tools with one another and with the design process, and to extend their scope to cope with new systems architectures and increasingly complex designs. These goals are supported by the objective of providing the means whereby performance modelling tools and techniques can be used effectively to support systems design and development.

Development work will be focused on the development of the support environment, tool integration and the extension of tool functionality.

Among the features of the environment to be developed are: advanced graphics work-stations; an extensible tool-set supporting alternative performance-modelling paradigms, queue-networks, process-interaction, and Petri-nets; the integration of tools via a common object management system; graphics support and reporting facilities; and a structured system specification. Integration with system engineering environments is an important consideration.

The toolset will be targeted on the application areas of computer systems architecture, real-time systems, and distributed systems; there will also be evaluation exercises in the areas of network systems, computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), and information systems.

Research work will be concerned with the automation of the modelling process, the derivation of performance models from system descriptions, and the development of new modelling techniques for existing and new architectures.

Exploitation

STC and Thomson intend to exploit the results of the project through in-house systems engineering activity in several application areas: STC in computer systems architectures, distributed and communication networks, and Thomson in telecommunications, large-scale software systems and computer architecture.

Simulog will seek to exploit the IMSE through CIM applications in the data-processing industries. IPK will use the IMSE as a vehicle for its research and development activities in CIM and other problem domains.


CONTACT POINT

Mr E. W. Palmer
BNR EUROPE LTD
London Road
UK - Harlow CM17 9A
tel: + 44/ 279-429-531
fax: + 44/ 279-441-551

Participants

BNR EUROPE LTD - UK - C
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT - D - P
SIMULOG SA - F - P
THOMSON-CSF (LCR) - F - P
THOMSON-CSF (CIM) - F - P
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA - I - P
UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH - UK - P
UNIVERSITÄT DORTMUND - D - P
SINTEF - N - P
INRIA - F - P


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IMSE - 2143, December 1993


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