A Cloud-based Collaboration Platform for Model-based Design of Cyber-Physical Systems

Peter Larsen, Hugo Macedo, John Fitzgerald, Holger Pfeifer, Martin Benedikt, Stefano Tonetta, Angelo Marguglio, Sergio Gusmeroli, George Suciu Jr.

Abstract

Businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, aiming to start up in Model-Based Design (MBD) face difficult choices from a wide range of methods, notations and tools before making the significant investments in planning, procurement and training necessary to deploy new approaches successfully. In the development of Cyber-Physical Systems this is exacerbated by the diversity of formalisms covering computation, physical and human processes. In this paper, we propose the use of a cloud-enabled and open collaboration platform that allows businesses to offer models, tools and other assets, and permits others to access these on a pay-per-use basis as a means of lowering barriers to the adoption of MBD technology, and to promote experimentation in a sandbox environment.

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