Model-Based Evaluation Of System Scalability: Bandwidth Analysis For Smartphone-Based Biosensing Applications

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Scalability is a design principle often valued for the engineering of complex systems. Scalability is the ability of a system to change the current value of one of its specification parameters. Although targeted frameworks are available for the evaluation of scalability for specific digital systems, methodologies enabling scalability analysis of multidomain, complex systems, are still missing. In acknowledgment of the importance for complex systems to present the ability to change or evolve, we present in this work a systemlevel model-based methodology allowing the multidisciplinary parametric evaluation of scalability. Our approach can be used to determine how a set of limited changes to targeted system modules could affect design specifications of interest. It can also help predict and trace system bottlenecks over several product generations, offering system designers the chance to to better plan re-engineering efforts for scaling a system specification efficaciously.
We demonstrate the value of our methodology by investigating a smartphone-based biosensing instrumentation platform. Specifically, we carry out scalability analysis for the system’s bandwidth specification: the maximum analog voltage waveform excitation frequency the system could output while allowing continuous acquisition and wireless streaming of bioimpedance measurements. We rely on several SysML modelling tools, including dependency matrices, as well as a fault-detection Simulink Stateflow executable model to conclude on how the successive re-engineering of 5 independent system modules, from the replacement of a wireless Bluetooth interface, to the revision of the ADC sample-and-hold operation could help increase system bandwidth.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Euromicro Conference on Digital System Design 2016
Number of pages5
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2817-7
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventEuromicro Conference on Digital System Design 2016 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: 31 Aug 20162 Sep 2016


ConferenceEuromicro Conference on Digital System Design 2016


  • Scalability
  • Model-based development
  • SysML
  • Dependency Matrix
  • Smartphone

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