Design approaches for critical embedded systems: A systematic mapping study
Paper in proceeding, 2018

Critical Embedded Systems (CES) are systems in which failures are potentially catastrophic and, therefore, hard constraints are imposed on them. In the last years the amount of software accommodated within CES has considerably changed. For example, in smart cars the amount of software has grown about 100 times compared to previous years. This change means that software design for these systems is also bounded to hard constraints (e.g., high security and performance). Along the evolution of CES, the approaches for designing them are also changing rapidly, so as to fit the specialized needs of CES. Thus, a broad understanding of such approaches is missing. Therefore, this study aims to establish a fair overview on CESs design approaches. For that, we conducted a Systematic Mapping Study (SMS), in which we collected 1,673 papers from five digital libraries, filtered 269 primary studies, and analyzed five facets: design approaches, applications domains, critical quality attributes, tools, and type of evidence. Our findings show that the body of knowledge is vast and overlaps with other types of systems (e.g., real-time or cyber-physical systems). In addition, we have observed that some critical quality attributes are common among various application domains, as well as approaches and tools are oftentimes generic to CES.

Systematic mapping study

Critical embedded system



Daniel Feitosa

University of Groningen

Apostolos Ampatzoglou

University of Groningen

Paris Avgeriou

University of Groningen

Frank J. Affonso

São Paulo State University (UNESP)

Hugo Sica de Andrade

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Katia R. Felizardo

Federal University of Technology - Paraná

Elisa Y. Nakagawa

University of Sao Paulo (USP)

Communications in Computer and Information Science

1865-0929 (ISSN)

Vol. 866 243-274
9783319941349 (ISBN)

12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering, ENASE 2017
Porto, Portugal,

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Other Computer and Information Science

Computer Science

Computer Systems

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Information and Communication Technology



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