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Time Weaver :Hybrid worst-case timing analysis


TimeWeaver combines static path analysis with timing measurements to provide worst-case execution time estimates. The tool estimates the worst-case execution time (WCET) of tasks based on the execution time of trace segments obtained from real-time instruction-level tracing. The computed time bounds are valuable for soft real-time systems and provide feedback for optimizing worst-case performance.





Your benefits


The hybrid approach works for a wide range of modern high-performance processors that are not statically predictable anymore, not even by a most sophisticated tool such as aiT. This includes multi-core processors where inter-core interferences cannot be prevented or controlled in a satisfactory way, or where the available documentation is insufficient to build a static timing model.

TimeWeaver is non-intrusive. It needs no code instrumentation that distorts timing measurements. It uses the embedded trace units of modern embedded processors (Nexus 5001, CoreSight ETM, etc.) to observe program flow. Interference effects included in the traces, such as access delays to shared resources, are taken into account.





TimeWeaver takes as input:

  1. 1 a binary executable


    2 execution traces,
    e.g. BHM traces compliant to the IEEE-ISTO 5001 standard


    3 optional user annotations,
    e.g. on loop bounds, in the same format as other AbsInt analysers such as aiTTimingProfiler, or StackAnalyzer


TimeWeaver then provides a safe upper bound of the length of the longest execution path, based on the local time measurements in the traces.




The analysis results reported by TimeWeaver include:


  • global end-to-end time, based on the maximum observed trace segment times combined to an overall bound


  • end-to-end bounds for specific functions, depending on trace points


  • coverage of the control-flow graph by the input traces


  • maximum possible and maximum observed iteration counts for loops


  • time variance of each code segment over all traces


TimeWeaver offers the same powerful user interface you are used to from working with other AbsInt tools, with fully integrated graphical and textual viewers for control flow analysis results, source code, assembly code, and <>configuration files. You can:


  • interactively explore analysis results


  • save and restore analysis scenarios


  • export customizable reports for documentation and certification purposes


  • start all analyses from the same GUI and handle all the tools with the same look and feel



Supported architectures and trace format

All PowerPC boards able to emit Nexus program trace messages (IEEE-ISTO 5001, class 2 or higher), for example:

PowerPC QorIQ P204x/P30xx/P40xx/P50xx (e500mc core)

PowerPC QorIQ T series (e5500/e6500 core)

PowerPC Qorivva line MPC55xx/MPC56xx/MPC57xx (e200 core)


ARM using cycle-accurate ETM traces, for example:




TriCore support is now available in the latest Release 18.04








  • Free trial

    Free trial versions are available for PowerPC, ARM, and TriCore.
    Support for further architectures is underway, or can be requested. Please email our customer support team  with any questions.


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