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The CIMOnt Framework
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For the purpose of demonstrating the utility of the mapping developed in this project, we have carried out a number of tools, which, together, are termed CIMOnt, and make up a framework for experimental design. Next figure shows the proposed architecture for this framework (please click on the figure to see it full sized).

The CIMOnt Framework
Figure 1: The CIMOnt Framework


In the CIMOnt Tool Framework, CIM models are developed visually using MS Visio (2002 version), thanks the CIMaddin plug-in and its associated stencil. If you want to download this addin, please go to the downloads section where you can find both the source files and the binary file of the plugin.

Using the CIMaddin toolbar (see screenshots at the bottom of this page) the syntactic representation of these models can be generated following both the Managed Object Format (MOF) textual specification language and the CIM/XML mapping proposed by DMTF, as can their semantic representation in both DL and OWL, according to the proposed mapping. If you want to see some examples of this, please go to the examples section.

This way, the developed CIM models can be checked for logical consistency (on their own and with respect to the other CIM models proposed by DMTF) at design time, and inconsistencies, such as the presence of non-instantiable classes, non-implementable associations, redundancies, etc., can be detected more easily. To undertake automatic reasoning about the developed models and check their consistency, CIMaddin accesses the RACER DL reasoner in a distributed fashion. The proposed architecture provides for the persistency of models in a centralized Model Repository accessible via Web. In this manner, the reasoner can dynamically access previously stored models in later validations that refer to them.

Screenshots

  •  The CIM ToolBar

The CIM Toolbar
  •  The CIM Stencil

The CIM Stencil
  •  The CIMOntAddin working under Visio 2002

The CIMOntAddin running on Visio2002
 

CIMOnt Frameworks

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