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Variability Management in Product Lines of Safety Critical Embedded Systems



Stephan Baumgart, Xiaodi Zhang , Joakim Fröberg , Sasikumar Punnekkat

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


International Conference on Embedded Systems 2014


The product line engineering approach is a promising concept to identify and manage reuse in a structured and efficient way and is even applied for the development of safety critical embedded systems. Managing the complexity of variability and addressing functional safety at the same time is challenging and is not yet solved. Variability management is an enabler to both establish traceability and making necessary information visible for safety engineers. We identify a set of requirements for such a method and evaluate existing variability management methods. We apply the most promising method to an industrial case and study its suitability for developing safety critical product family members. This study provides positive feedback on the potential of the model-based method PLUS in supporting the development of functional safety critical embedded systems in product lines. As a result of our analysis we suggest potential improvements for it.


author = {Stephan Baumgart and Xiaodi Zhang and Joakim Fr{\"o}berg and Sasikumar Punnekkat},
title = {Variability Management in Product Lines of Safety Critical Embedded Systems},
isbn = {978-1-4799-5025-6},
month = {July},
year = {2014},
booktitle = {International Conference on Embedded Systems 2014},
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