Component-based analysis of hierarchical scheduling using linear hybrid automata

Youcheng Sun, Giuseppe Lipari, Romain Soulat, Laurent Fribourg, Nicolas Markey
<span title="">2014</span> <i title="IEEE"> <a target="_blank" rel="noopener" href="https://fatcat.wiki/container/ztltqydgcveb3kbdopynjpsdwu" style="color: black;">2014 IEEE 20th International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications</a> </i> &nbsp;
Formal methods (e.g. Timed Automata or Linear Hybrid Automata) can be used to analyse a real-time system by performing a reachability analysis on the model. The advantage of using formal methods is that they are more expressive than classical analytic models used in schedulability analysis. For example, it is possible to express state-dependent behaviour, arbitrary activation patterns, etc. In this paper we use the formalism of Linear Hybrid Automata to encode a hierarchical scheduling system.
more &raquo; ... n particular, we model a dynamic server algorithm and the tasks contained within, abstracting away the rest of the system, thus enabling component-based scheduling analysis. We prove the correctness of the model and the decidability of the reachability analysis for the case of periodic tasks. Then, we compare the results of our model against classical schedulability analysis techniques, showing that our analysis performs better than analytic methods in terms of resource utilisation. We further present two case studies: a component with state-dependent tasks, and a simplified model of a real avionics system. Finally, through extensive tests with various configurations, we demonstrate that this approach is usable for medium-size components.
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