Towards a Taxonomy for Eliciting Design-Operation Continuum Requirements of Cyber-Physical Systems

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Software systems that are embedded in autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems (CPSs) usually have a large life-cycle, both during its development and in maintenance. This software evolves during its life-cycle in order to incorporate new requirements, bug fixes, and to deal with hardware obsolescence. The current process for developing and maintaining this software is very fragmented, which makes developing new software versions and deploying them in the CPSs extremely expensive. In other domains, such as web engineering, the phases of development and operation are tightly connected, making it possible to easily perform software updates of the system, and to obtain operational data that can be analyzed by engineers at development time.
However, in spite of the rise of new communication technologies (e.g., 5G) providing an opportunity to acquire Design-Operation Continuum Engineering methods in the context of CPSs, there are still many complex issues that need to be addressed, such as the ones related with hardware-software co-design. Therefore, the process of Design-Operation Continuum Engineering for CPSs requires substantial changes with respect to the current fragmented software development process. In this paper, we build a taxonomy for Design-Operation Continuum Engineering of CPSs based on case studies from two different industrial domains involving CPSs (elevation and railway). This taxonomy is later used to elicit requirements from these two case studies in order to present a blueprint on adopting Design-Operation Continuum Engineering in any organization developing CPSs.

Authors: Jon Ayerdi∗ , Aitor Garciandia† , Aitor Arrieta∗ , Wasif Afzal‡ , Eduard Enoiu‡ , Aitor Agirre† , Goiuria Sagardui∗ , Maite Arratibel§ and Ola Sellin¶

University of Mondragon ∗, Ikerlan †, Malardalen University  ‡, Orona §, Bombardier Transportation ¶,