Test Case Generation for Flexible Real-Time Control Systems

Robert Nilsson, Dan Henriksson

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Temporal correctness is crucial for the dependability of real-time control systems. A problem with testing such systems is the dependency on the execution orders of tasks. Mutation-based testing criteria have been proposed to determine which execution orders need to be exercised to verify that real-time systems are timely. For flexible control systems, timeliness in itself may only be relevant for a sub-set of tasks, whereas maintained control performance in the presence of worst-case jitter and disturbances is essential. This paper presents an extension to the co-simulator tool TrueTime, to support mutation-based testing of control performance and timeliness. Further, an approach for automatic generation of test cases using genetic algorithms is presented. A conclusion is that testing criteria for timeliness can be used to increase confidence in the dependability of flexible control systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Technologies and Factory Automation, 2005. ETFA 2005. 10th IEEE Conference on
PublisherIEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Print)0-7803-9402-X
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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  • Control Engineering


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