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Kompren: Modeling and Generating Model Slicers

by Arnaud Blouin, Benoit Combemale, Benoit Baudry, Olivier Beaudoux
Abstract:
Among model comprehension tools, model slicers are tools that extract a subset of model elements, for a specific purpose. Model slicers provide a mechanism to isolate and focus on parts of the model, thereby improving the overall analysis process. However, existing slicers are dedicated to a specific modeling language. This is an issue when we observe that new domain specific modeling languages (DSMLs), for which we want slicing abilities, are created almost on a daily basis. This paper proposes the Kompren language to model and generate model slicers for any DSL (e.g. modeling for software development or for civil engineering) and for different purposes (e.g. monitoring and model comprehension). We detail the semantics of the Kompren language and of the model slicer generator. This provides a set of expected properties about the slices that are extracted by the different forms of the slicer. Then we illustrate these different forms of slicers on case studies from various domains.
Reference:
Kompren: Modeling and Generating Model Slicers (Arnaud Blouin, Benoit Combemale, Benoit Baudry, Olivier Beaudoux), In Software and Systems Modeling, Springer, 2012.
Bibtex Entry:
@article{blouin12,
    title = {{Kompren: Modeling and Generating Model Slicers}},
    author = {Blouin, Arnaud and Combemale, Benoit and Baudry, Benoit and Beaudoux, Olivier},
    abstract = {{Among model comprehension tools, model slicers are tools that extract a subset of model elements, for a specific purpose. Model slicers provide a mechanism to isolate and focus on parts of the model, thereby improving the overall analysis process. However, existing slicers are dedicated to a specific modeling language. This is an issue when we observe that new domain specific modeling languages (DSMLs), for which we want slicing abilities, are created almost on a daily basis. This paper proposes the Kompren language to model and generate model slicers for any DSL (e.g. modeling for software development or for civil engineering) and for different purposes (e.g. monitoring and model comprehension). We detail the semantics of the Kompren language and of the model slicer generator. This provides a set of expected properties about the slices that are extracted by the different forms of the slicer. Then we illustrate these different forms of slicers on case studies from various domains.}},
    language = {English},
    affiliation = {TRISKELL - INRIA - IRISA , ESEO [Angers]},
    publisher = {Springer},
    journal = {Software and Systems Modeling},
    audience = {international },
    year = {2012},
    month = Oct,
    url = {http://hal.inria.fr/hal-00746566/PDF/slicer.pdf},
	X-International-Audience = {yes},
	X-Language = {EN},
    x-abbrv = {SOSYM},
    keywords={MDE}
}