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MUT4SLX: Fast Mutant Generation for Simulink in ASE

MUT4SLX: Fast Mutant Generation for Simulink
Halil Ibrahim Ceylan, Onur Kilincceker, Mutlu Beyazıt, Serge Demeyer
In Automated Software Engineering (ASE 2023) Tool Demonstrations
Several experience reports illustrate that mutation testing is capable of supporting a “shift-left” testing strategy for software systems coded in textual programming languages like C++. For graphical modelling languages like Simulink, such experience reports are missing, primarily because of a lack of adequate tool support. In this paper we present a proof-of-concept (named MUT4SLX) for automatic mutant generation and test execution of Simulink models. MUT4SLX features 15 mutation operators which are modelled after realistic faults (mined from an industrial bug database) and are fast to inject (because we only replace parameter values within blocks). An experimental evaluation on a sample project (a Helicopter Control System) demonstrates that MUT4SLX is capable of injecting 70 mutants in less than a second, resulting in a total analysis time of 8.14 hours.
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