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New paper: An Industrial Case Study of Performance and Cost Design Space Exploration

This paper shows how our software tools Palladio and PerOpteryx were used in capacity planning for a web-based remote diagnostics system at ABB. It will be presented at the International Conference on Performance Engineering (ICPE 2012) in April in Boston, US.

PerOpteryx results: CPU Utilization vs. costs; each dot represents a generated design alternative for the system. The diagram shows the trade-off between performance and costs.


I noticed that our 2009 article on the Palladio Component Model is currently the most cited article of the Journal of Systems and Software during the last 5 years (77 citations). My 2010 performance evaluation survey is the most downloaded article from Elsevier’s Performance Evaluation Journal from July 2010 to June 2011.
Many thanks to all readers and downloaders, I feel humbled by the apparent interest in these works! 🙂

IEEE names ABB technologies among the 11 most important of the decade

Along with smartphones and digital photography, FACTS has been named among the top 11 technologies of the decade by the IEEE. The 11 technologies named in the list include smartphones, social networking, voice over IP, LED lighting, cloud computing, multicore CPUs, digital photography, drone aircraft, class-D audio and planetary rovers. FACTS (flexible AC transmission systems) also finds a place in this illustrious list. FACTS is a family of technologies that ABB pioneered and has continuously developed over the past 60 years.
“With these technologies ABB can increase the capacity of existing lines by as much as 50 percent, reduce electrical losses in long distance power transfer and relieve grid congestion and transmission bottlenecks that prevent the flow of electricity,” said Ingela Hålling, head of FACTS within the Grid Systems business of the Power Systems division. “FACTS technologies can also help to minimize the risk of blackouts, and facilitate the integration of intermittent types of energy by rapidly countering voltage fluctuations or by storing large amounts of surplus power until it is needed.”
ABB has delivered around 800 FACTS installations worldwide, which is more than half the world total.

Kinect controlling ABB robot

Quote: “Today’s machinery is controlled by clunky levers and buttons. Most often, operators are having a hard time syncing their coordination with the machines. But now, as a new era of motion-control arrives, the Kinect can change the way we operate, the way we control machines. With the Kinect, precision handling of these constructs are on their way as users and operators can finally control machines through motion-based commands.”