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Master thesis

Component-based architectures and communication mechanisms for simulation tools



Prior to applying a newly developed software system with high reliability demands in the field, the intended operators should be trained by means of simulations of the system especially of its future user interface. Since the simulated application as well as the graphical representation of its reactions and the corresponding input panel are subject to frequent changes, those components should be kept decoupled as far as possible.
As part of this Master Thesis, several different component based software architectures and the correspondingly applicable communication mechanisms at the component interfaces are to be compared and evaluated (e.g. with respect to efficiency, scalability, verifiability, etc.) keeping in mind their application for such simulation tools.
The insight gained hereby is intended to be used for re-engineering and extending an existing simulation of an industrial application in the field of transportation systems. Its human-machine-interface (HMI) should be enhanced by a graphical input module and the extended HMI should be decoupled from the underlying simulation of the vehicle system, in order to reduce the number of side effects during future changes and maintenance interventions.

Author: Lei Xue

Tutor: Dr.-Ing. Norbert Oster

In Cooperation with: Siemens Transportation Systems