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Thales Research and Technology (TRT) researchers have created a development platform that enables applications to tackle the increasing complexity of modern computer systems. Model driven engineering (MDE) is emerging as the most promising paradigm for complex systems, says TRT's Sebastien Praud. TRT's MODELPLEX project has developed a platform to handle the entire lifecycle of development, including interoperability, substitutability, and traceability.

MDE creates models of the required functions related to the specific domain. Linking the model to the specific domain enables engineers to account for industry-specific needs. The software design refers to real-world functions rather than algorithms, helping non-experts comprehend the information. The model also can go down to any level of detail, from an overview to specific data inputs, functions, and outputs.

Praud says MDE will lead to faster software development because programmers have a clear idea of required functionality and how it relates to other aspects of the system.

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