Our Tracealyzer tools provides an efficient way of analyzing the run-time behavior of embedded software during development and verification. Tracealyzer give developers an unprecedented run-time insight which improves development efficiency in several ways, as illustrated below.
Faster Troubleshooting Tracealyzer allows for capturing rare, sporadic errors which otherwise can be very hard to reproduce and analyze. Many embedded software problems can be solved in a fraction of the time otherwise required. Tracealyzer recording can be used in parallel with existing debuggers in the lab, or deployed in field systems to capture rare sporadic errors.
Better Software Quality Tracealyzer is not only a “fire extinguisher” to use on specific hard problems. You can also discover and avoid potential future problems, such as blocking system calls that are close to a timeout. Moreover, Tracealyzer gives you a better understanding of the current system run-time dynamics, so when designing new features, you can avoid unsuitable designs that could cause problems related to timing, CPU usage, scheduling or other task interactions.
Better Performance The improved insight also allows you to find new ways of improving the embedded software performance. There might be “low hanging fruits”, where small changes in task timing may give substantial performance improvements. Tracealyzer provides several ways of finding “hot-spots” where tasks are delayed by higher prioritized tasks, that possibly could run a bit earlier or later to reduce resource conflicts. Without suitable visualization, such optimizations are very hard to find. This way, you can get a more responsive software system, or fit more software functionality in the same hardware platform.
Control system tuning Control system developers can benefit from the support for plotting custom application data, what we calluser events. Plots of e.g. control signals (sensor inputs and actuator outputs) can be correlated with the software timing in order to better understand anomalies in the control performance. Moreover, plots of task timing (e.g., periodicity) can be used to study software timing variations that affects control performance.
Other benefits The improved level of insight also allows for faster introduction of new developers and better possibilities to evaluate the performance of new third party software, such as embedded databases, touch screen drivers or communication stacks. Finally, since we support several common operating systems for embedded software, you can often keep the Tracealyzer support even if switching to another operating system.
To summarize, Tracealyzer allows developers to get more time on creating new valuable features. Solve problems faster and deliver quality software in time and within budget!
Want to learn more?
The best way to learn is to download Tracealyzer for your platform and explore the features using included demo trace. The installer gives you a 30-day evaluation period with full functionality, so you can try it on your own system.