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Daimler’s Challenge with Simulation

Automotive giant Daimler wrestles with the best way to incorporate hardware-software verification and integration tools in future designs.

Recently, I talked with the engineers at Daimler Truck North America (DTNA) about trends in automotive hardware-software verification and integration. There were two main themes that ran throughout my presentation:

  1. Growing system complexity and cost combined with shrinking time-to-market cycles means that model-based, IP-rich simulations will replace many hardware-in-the-loop-based verification techniques.
  2. Hardware is indeed becoming a commodity, but it will never completely be replaced by software. Furthermore, hardware will evolve into tangential markets.

The Current State Of Model-Driven Engineering

Panelists from industry, national laboratories, and the Portland State System Engineering graduate program recently gathered for an open forum on model-driven engineering.

The goal of the forum—which was hosted in collaboration with PSU, the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) and IEEE—was to connect systems engineering and IT modeling to domain specialties in electronic/electrical, mechanical and software engineering. Panelists included speakers from Mentor Graphics, ANSYS, CH2M Hill, Pacific Northwest National labs, SAIC, Veterans Affair Resource Center and PSU.

To clarify what is meant by systems engineering (SE), Herman Migliore, director of PSU’s SE program, cited Norm Augustine’s often quoted definition: Systems engineering is the practice of creating means of performing useful functions through combination of two of more interacting components. This broad definition encompasses all domain specific SE disciplines, including hardware and software.