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Adopting a Component-Based Software Architecture for an Industrial Control System – A Case Study



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Component-Based Software Development for Embedded Systems: An Overview of Current Research Trends


Springer, LNCS 3778


This chapter presents a case study from a global company developing a new generation of programmable controllers to replace several existing prod¬ucts. The system needs to incorporate support for a large number of I/O sys¬tems, network types, and communication protocols. To leverage its global de¬velopment resources and the competency of different development centers, the company decided to adopt a component-based software architecture that allows I/O and communication functions to be realized by independently developed components. The architecture incorporates a subset of a standard component model. The process of redesigning the software architecture is presented, along with the experiences made during and after the project. An analysis of these ex¬periences shows that the component-based architecture effectively supports distributed development and that the effort required for implementing certain functionality has been substantially reduced while, at the same time, the sys¬tem’s performance and other run-time quality attributes have been kept on a satisfactory level.


author = {Frank L{\"u}ders and Ivica Crnkovic and Per Runeson},
title = {Adopting a Component-Based Software Architecture for an Industrial Control System {\^A}– A Case Study},
isbn = {3-540-30644-7},
editor = {Colin Atkinson, Christian Bunse, Hans-Gerhard Gross, Christian Peper},
pages = {232--248},
month = {January},
year = {2005},
publisher = {Springer, LNCS 3778},
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