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Introducing process family engineering in automotive control systems

: Bayer, J.; Giese, C.; Forster, T.; Lehner, T.; Schnieders, A.; Weiland, J.

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Created on: 21.12.2006

Kaiserslautern, 2006, VII, 21 pp.
IESE-Report, 065.06/E
Reportnr.: 065.06/E
Report, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IESE ()
PESOA; product line engineering; variant-rich process; feature modeling; automotive industry; process family

In the automotive industry, embedded control processes are often used as the software engineering artifact that determines the most important characteristics of the developed embedded systems. The variety of product variants driven by embedded systems calls for appropriate concepts for handling the variability in embedded control processes.
In this paper, we present process family engineering, an approach to software product line engineering that takes into account the importance of control processes in the development of embedded control systems. In this approach control processes, as used for specifying control systems in the automotive domain, are the central artifact in a process family infrastructure. Thus, they are used to determine the scope of the process family, to differentiate the different process family members, and to specify a specific member of the process family. The approach is illustrated by a case study.