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A New Combinatorial Approach to Parametric Path Analysis

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Althaus,  Ernst
Algorithms and Complexity, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

http://pubman.mpdl.mpg.de/cone/persons/resource/persons45109

Naujoks,  Rouven
Algorithms and Complexity, MPI for Informatics, Max Planck Society;

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Althaus, E., Altmeyer, S., & Naujoks, R.(2010). A New Combinatorial Approach to Parametric Path Analysis (ATR58). SFB/TR 14 AVACS.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-15F7-8
Abstract
Hard real-time systems require tasks to finish in time. To guarantee the timeliness of such a system, static timing analyses derive upper bounds on the \emph{worst-case execution time} of tasks. There are two types of timing analyses: numeric and parametric ones. A numeric analysis derives a numeric timing bound and, to this end, assumes all information such as loop bounds to be given a priori. If these bounds are unknown during analysis time, a parametric analysis can compute a timing formula parametric in these variables. A performance bottleneck of timing analyses, numeric and especially parametric, can be the so-called path analysis, which determines the path in the analyzed task with the longest execution time bound. In this paper, we present a new approach to the path analysis. This approach exploits the rather regular structure of software for hard real-time and safety-critical systems. As we show in the evaluation of this paper, we strongly improve upon former techniques in terms of precision and runtime in the parametric case. Even in the numeric case, our approach matches up to state-of-the-art techniques and may be an alternative to commercial tools employed for path analysis.