[palladio-dev] [sdq-dev] Local variables in RD-SEFFs

Jörg Henß Henss at kit.edu
Fri Aug 3 10:58:17 CEST 2012

Hi Henning and Klaus,

perhaps you can solve your problem by using a component parameter as default when no result of an external call is available.
In the OMNet++ variant of PCM the problem of semantics of elements is not solved, but less restrictions are made on the model as it is not meant for manual modeling.

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Am 03.08.2012 um 10:50 schrieb Klaus Krogmann:

> [switched to palladio-dev mailing list]
> Dear all,
> Palladio intentionally does not allow general local variables. Variables are only meant for modeling the data flow between control flow elements (Calls, ExternalCallActions, InternalActions, Branches, and SetVariableActions (i.e. setting the return parameter)).
> General local variables are excluded to avoid people starting to "program" in Palladio.
> Best regards,
> Klaus
> Am 03.08.2012 10:42, schrieb Henning Groenda:
>> Hi Jörg,
>> If you didn't have local variables you couldn't assign out parameters of calls because you would always overwrite existing variables. We'll have to keep that concept.
>> Having an explicit ReturnAction (and separate SetVariableAction) would make it pretty easy to distinguish between local and return variables (if this is necessary). Code changes on the simulation would be minimal.
>> Does OmNet++ solve the issue of the element's semantics? My question is how we have to adjust the semantic of metamodel elements and than the implementations.
>> Best regards,
>> Henning
>> Am 03.08.2012 um 10:27 schrieb Jörg Henß:
>>> Hi Henning,
>>> in my understanding the Palladio model does not allow to create "local" variables by intention.
>>> I agree with you that perhaps the SetVariableAction should be renamed if we keep to that.
>>> Perhaps we can do a BreakOut session on this topic
>>> Using the InternalCallActions (PALLADIO-32) might make it more elegant in contrast to ExternalCallActions…
>>> When using my OMNet++ implementation, you could do all this staff you want ;)
>>> Best regards
>>> Joerg
> Am 03.08.2012 um 10:14 schrieb Henning Groenda:
> > Hi Everyone,
> >
> > The handling of local variables is currently a bit inconsistent. ExternalCallActions may set _only_ local variables in their out-/returnparameter section. SetVariableActions may set _only_ return values and no local variables. As a result, modifications of local variables can only be made by ExternalCallActions. If the meaning of SetVariableAction is SetReturnParameterAction then the according construct should be introduced besides a SetVariableAction in my opinion.
> >
> > I can't see an advantage of this separation. The stack frame concept of the simulation prevents misuse (e.g. a loop in which the same variable is always multiplied by itself) anyway. The disadvantage is that ExternalCallActions must be used to set local variables.
> >
> > I have a use case in which a local variable is set depending on a cache hit/miss (either the local variable should be set or an external call is made to retrieve the value).
> >
> > Do you have any comment or solutions?
> >
> > Kind regards,
> > Henning
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