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Multi-clocked mode automata

Participants : Jean-Pierre Talpin, Thierry Gautier, Christian Brunette.

Gathering advantages of declarative and imperative approaches, mode automata were originally proposed by Maraninchi et al. to extend the functionality-oriented data-flow paradigm with the capability to model transition systems easily and provide an additional imperative flavor. Similar variants and extensions of the same approach to mix multiple programming paradigms or heterogeneous models of computation  [56] have been proposed until recently, the latest advance being the combination of stream functions with automata in  [57] . Nowadays, commercial toolsets such as the Esterel Studio's Scade or Matlab/Simulink's Stateflow are largely inspired from similar concepts.

While the introduction of preemption mechanism in the multi-clocked data-flow formalism Signal was previously studied by Rutten et al. in  [62] , no attempt has been made to extend mode automata with the capability to model multi-clocked systems and multi-rate systems. In  [63] , we extend Signal-Meta with an inherited metamodel of multi-clocked mode automata. A salient feature is the simplicity incurred by the separation of concerns between data-flow (that expresses structure) and control-flow (that expresses a timing model) that is characteristic to the design methodology of Signal.

While the specification of mode automata in related works requires a primary address on the semantics and on compilation of control, the use of Signal as a foundation allows to waive this specific issue to its analysis and code generation engine Polychrony and clearly exposes the semantics and transformation of mode automata in a much simpler way by making use of clearly separated concerns expressed by guarded commands (data-flow relations) and by clock equations (control-flow relations).


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