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Getting Agile in Embedded Development using Simulation
Agile development comes from the world of software where it is easy to iterate quickly on a production system. With software, there is no manufacturing cost or delay, and change has no physical consequences.
This makes it easy to do short iterations, Agile methods, and eventually DevOps where changes quickly go straight to production. On the other hand, embedded and Internet-of-Things systems depend on particular hardware – and being agile with hardware is hard.
When designing new smart, networked, and scalable software-hardware systems for IoT applications across consumer, industry, and automotive, deploying half-finished systems for testing is rarely an option. Given that, how can short iterations and Agile be realized for embedded systems and their software?
The answer is to use simulation. During design and development, computer simulations of the hardware, software, networks, and environment can be used to test concepts, design changes, architecture choices, and software revisions, providing short feedback loops without the need to build hardware and deploy it. Simulation removes the “hard” from hardware, and makes it easier to build things in stages and quickly iterate on a design.
Simulation can be applied at many different levels of scale and abstraction. Depending on the problem at hand, different types of simulation should be applied. Sometimes a very abstract model is needed that just models behavior at a high level, while other problems call for detailed simulations of embedded SoCs and boards that run the actual software. The environment can be a data file, or a full-blown closed-loop model. Making the right choice is critical.
In this talk, we will present a few different types of simulation, and how they can be used in the development of embedded systems of different sizes and scales.
--- Date: 27.02.2018 Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Location: Exhibitor's Forum hall 3A, Stand 3A-610