Real-Time Systems

, Volume 54, Issue 4, pp 800–829 | Cite as

A design flow for supporting component-based software development in multiprocessor real-time systems

  • Alessandro BiondiEmail author
  • Giorgio Buttazzo
  • Marko Bertogna
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  1. Special Issue on Real Time Networks and Systems


Component-based software development established as an effective technique to cope with the increasing complexity of modern computing systems. In the context of real-time systems, the M-BROE framework has been recently proposed to efficiently support component-based development of real-time applications on multiprocessor platforms in the presence of shared resources. The framework relies on a two-stage approach where software components are first partitioned upon a virtual multiprocessor platform and are later integrated upon the physical platform by means of component interfaces that abstract from the internal details of the applications. This work presents a complete design flow for the M-BROE framework. Starting from a model of software components, a first method is proposed to partition applications to virtual processors and perform a synthesis of multiple component interfaces. Then, a second method is proposed to support the integration of the components by allocating virtual processors to physical processors. Both methods take resource sharing into account. Experimental results are also presented to evaluate the proposed methodology.


Real-time Component-based software Hierarchical scheduling Resource sharing Partitioning Multiprocessor 



This work has been partially supported by the RETINA Eurostars Project E10171 and received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 688860. The authors like to thank Enrico Bini for the fruitful discussions that helped this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scuola Superiore Sant’AnnaPisaItaly
  2. 2.University of Modena and Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly

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