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1 TRISKELL - Reliable and efficient component based software engineering IRISA - Institut de Recherche en Informatique et Systèmes Aléatoires, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique 2 PReCISE PReCISE - PReCISE Research Centre in Information Systems Engineering 3 PReCISE - PReCISE Research Centre in Information Systems Engineering

Abstract : Feature Models FMs are a popular formalism for modelling and reasoning about commonality and variability of a system. In essence, FMs aim to define a set of valid combinations of features, also called configurations. In this paper, we tackle the problem of synthesising an FM from a set of configurations. The main challenge is that numerous candidate FMs can be extracted from the same input configurations, yet only a few of them are meaningful and maintainable. We first characterise the different meanings of FMs and identify the key properties allowing to discriminate between them. We then develop a generic synthesis procedure capable of restituting the intended meanings of FMs based on inferred or user-specified knowledge. Using tool support, we show how the integration of knowledge into FM synthesis can be realized in different practical application scenarios that involve reverse engineering and maintaining FMs.

Keywords : variability reverse engineering model synthesis software product line model management maintenance





Author: Mathieu Acher - Patrick Heymans - Anthony Cleve - Jean-Luc Hainaut - Benoit Baudry -

Source: https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/



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