BRACE: An Assertion Framework for Debugging Cyber-Physical Systems

Date Added: Apr 2012
Format: PDF

Developing Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is challenging because correctness depends on both logical and physical states, which are collectively difficult to observe. The developer often need to repeatedly rerun the system while observing its behavior and tweak the hardware and software until it meets minimum requirements. This process is tedious, error-prone, and lacks rigor. To address this, the authors propose BRACE, a framework that simplifies the process by enabling developers to correlate cyber (i.e., logical) and physical properties of the system via assertions. This paper presents their initial investigation into the requirements and semantics of such assertions, which they call CPS assertions.