Bridging Proprietary Modelling and Open-Source Model Management Tools: The Case of PTC Integrity Modeller and Epsilon

Athanasios Zolotas, Horacio Hoyos Rodriguez, Stuart Hutchesson, Beatriz Angelica Sanchez Pina, Alan Grigg, Li Mole, Dimitrios Kolovos, Richard Freeman Paige

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While the majority of research on Model-Based Software Engineering revolves around open-source modelling frameworks such as the Eclipse Modelling Framework (EMF), the use of commercial and closed-source modelling tools such as RSA, Rhapsody, MagicDraw and Enterprise Architect appears to be the norm in industry at present. This technical gap can prohibit industrial users from reaping the benefits of state-of-the-art research-based tools in their practice. In this paper, we discuss an attempt to bridge a proprietary UML modelling tool (PTC Integrity Modeller), which is used for model-based development of safety-critical systems at Rolls-Royce, with an open-source family of languages for automated model management (Epsilon). We present the architecture of our solution, the challenges we encountered in developing it, and
a performance comparison against the tool's built-in scripting interface. In addition, we use the bridge in a real-world industrial case study that involves the co-ordination with other bridges between proprietary tools and Epsilon.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages37
JournalSoftware and Systems Modeling
Early online date11 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 May 2019

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  • Model-Driven Engineering
  • Open-source
  • Model-driven engineering
  • Model management

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