We are living in a world of embedded systems. These are systems that control physical processes. An example of such a system is the braking process of a vehicle, which is nowadays supported by a multitude of assistance systems, such as ABS or ESP. With cyber-physical systems – communicating embedded systems that can autonomously adapt to their environment and learn new tasks – the challenges for system developers are growing, which means that the systems must change. This leads to completely new challenges regarding the architecture of these systems.
As there is a lack of experience, the only way to evaluate new architecture concepts is the development of real prototypes. To select the best concepts, however, a great number of prototypes have to be realized. This causes very high costs and long development cycles.
Our tool FERAL is a revolutionary solution for the development and evaluation of architecture concepts. Virtual prototypes replace real prototypes by means of simulation and evaluate the impact of new architecture concepts in a cost-efficient manner.