Towards establishing Continuous-X pipeline using modular Software-in-the-Loop test environments
Software-in-the-Loop (SiL) test environments are the ideal virtual platforms for enabling continuous-development, integration, testing or delivery (Continuous-X) in the current automotive industry to enable faster time to market. This is especially contributed by several factors such as the industry wide standardization of the artifacts (such as types of virtual ECUs), interfaces (e.g. FMI/FMU, OSI) as well as the architecture definitions. This approach is prominently advocated as well as already adopted by various Automotive OEMs, increasing the demand for innovating applicable methods. However the prominent usage of the existing monolithic architecture for interaction of various elements in the SiL environment, without regarding the separation between functional and non-functional test scope, is reducing the usability and thus limiting significantly the cost saving potential of SiL for continuous-x use cases in the industry.