Real-time embedded systems should benefit from
component-based software engineering to handle complexity and
deal with dependability. In these systems, applications should not
only be logically correct but also behave within time windows.
However, in the current component based software engineering
approaches, a few of component models handles time properties in
a manner that allows efficient analysis and checking at the
architectural level. In this paper, we present a meta-model for
component-based software description that integrates timing
issues. To achieve a complete functional model of software
components, our meta-model focuses on four functional aspects:
interface, static behavior, dynamic behavior, and interaction
protocol. With each aspect we have explicitly associated a time
model. Such a time model can be used to check a component-s
design against certain properties and to compute the timing
properties of component assemblies.
Real-time systems, Software architecture,software component, dependability, time properties, ADL, metamodeling.