There’s not much new about using models to start the design of a complex system. From an algorithmic standpoint, Matlab forms the basis for high-level design, and Simulink allows for the next step of modeling such a system in a more concrete fashion.
When the model is ready for detailed implementation, code can be generated for use downstream.
But, if you’re working on a piece of equipment intended for a safety-critical application, or, for whatever reason, some other usage subject to one of the many software standards, how do you know that the generated software will pass muster? How can you document that you did the requisite testing before moving forward?
LDRA and Simulink have moved to address this question by integrating LDRA’s software certification tools into Simulink. This allows for instrumentation of the code for analysis by LDRA’s certification engine. There are a variety of standards that can be selected as well as a number of different code coverage models.
This approach anticipates greater attention to model-driven design in standards updates such as DO-178C.
More info in LDRA’s press release…