On the effectiveness of communication-centric modelling of complex embedded systems

Hugo Meyer, Uraz Odyurt, Simon Polstra, Evangelos Paradas, Ignacio Gonzalez Alonso, Andy D. Pimentel

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Abstract

Performance anomaly detection and prevention in complex industrial systems, involving many distributed embedded computing nodes, is an ever-present challenge. Understanding such complex systems using purely analytical, or experimental techniques is neither sufficient, nor cost efficient. Efficient high-level models that allow the study of current system behaviour, predict performance trends and assess possible optimisation measures, are in demand. This paper presents an approach to automatically infer such high-level system models by using system-level tracing and to represent the current state of the system using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) techniques. The current behaviour pattern of the system is followed by replaying observations, while behavioural potentials under alternative sets of circumstances are considered by exploring what-if questions. Our results are applicable to anomaly detection and anomaly prevention solutions for complex systems. The main approach in keeping our workflow as efficient and as compact as possible is the use of a communication-centric modelling approach for complex embedded systems. As our use-case, we discuss the main challenges of modelling software processes and resource utilisation in semiconductor photolithography machines produced by ASML and how such complex systems can be mimicked with high-level event-based simulation. An automatically inferred OMNEST simulation model is presented and the different steps that were taken to simulate the behaviour of this production grade system are described. Initial evaluations show the maximum difference in application process lifetimes between real and simulated executions is less than 1%.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 16th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, 17th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, 8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, 11th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking and 8th IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, ISPA/IUCC/BDCloud/SocialCom/SustainCom 2018
EditorsJinjun Chen, Laurence T. Yang
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages979-986
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728111414
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2019
Externally publishedYes
Event16th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, 17th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, 8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, 11th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking and 8th IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, ISPA/IUCC/BDCloud/SocialCom/SustainCom 2018 - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 11 Dec 201813 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings - 16th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, 17th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, 8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, 11th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking and 8th IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, ISPA/IUCC/BDCloud/SocialCom/SustainCom 2018

Conference

Conference16th IEEE International Symposium on Parallel and Distributed Processing with Applications, 17th IEEE International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing and Communications, 8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing, 11th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing and Networking and 8th IEEE International Conference on Sustainable Computing and Communications, ISPA/IUCC/BDCloud/SocialCom/SustainCom 2018
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period11/12/1813/12/18

Keywords

  • Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems (DCPS)
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Performance monitoring
  • System of systems

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