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Nils Kothe, "Analyzing the Effectiveness of Coupling Hardware-in-the-Loop with Large Scale VANET Simulation and Software-in-the-Loop," Master's Thesis, Department of Computer Science, Paderborn University, December 2017. (Advisors: Dominik Buse, Janis Sauer and Falko Dressler)


The importance of electronics in vehicles is ever increasing, especially of so-called Electronic Control Units (ECUs). To reduce production time and cost of vehicles, it is therefore essential to improve the development process of ECUs. Nowadays, the key technology for validating ECUs are Hardware-in-the-Loop (HIL) tests. Also, before a physical ECU exists, its code can be validated virtually with Software-in-the-Loop (SIL) tests. To bridge the gap between a virtual SIL validation and physical HIL validation, I propose co-simulating the two. This way, various stages in the development process of ECUs can be combined dynamically. On another note, due to technological advancements in recent years, networked vehicles that use Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication are getting ready for mass production. Therefore, the demand for tools that support the development of ECUs which make use of this newly available technology is high. In fact, Vehicular Ad-Hoc Network (VANET) simulators have been able to simulate such networked vehicles for years. Thus, in order to validate ECUs for networked vehicles, the Hy-Nets project focuses on combining large-scale VANET and HIL among other things. Within this context, I implement and analyze the HIL side of a VANET-HIL co-simulation. In this thesis, I implement and analyze a VANET-HIL-SIL co-simulation architecture that combines the advantages of all three simulators. With an extensive evaluation, I show that the quality of the co-simulation is high and that only negligible irritations exist. Through this co-simulation, the emerging demands to improve the development process of ECUs and to enable a combination of VANET and HIL are met.

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    author = {Kothe, Nils},
    advisor = {Buse, Dominik and Sauer, Janis and Dressler, Falko},
    title = {{Analyzing the Effectiveness of Coupling Hardware-in-the-Loop with Large Scale VANET Simulation and Software-in-the-Loop}},
    institution = {Department of Computer Science},
    year = {2017},
    month = {December},
    school = {Paderborn University},
    type = {Master's Thesis},
    type = {Master's Thesis},

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