Scalability tests are a common method to verify the adaptability of software components. When developing embedded systems, these tests could be put into practice by increasing the number of computing cores, as well as by changing the underlying processor architecture, for example. Therefore, it is common practice to utilize reconfigurable virtual platforms for embedded software scalability tests and design space exploration. Nevertheless, setting up proper test cases, consisting of distinct virtual platform configurations, toolchains, linker scripts and startup codes requires in-depth knowledge in hardware development. Therefore, in order to offer software engineers the possibility to create and operate a variety of possible virtual heterogeneous embedded multi core platforms for testing purposes on their own, this paper introduces a tool set for creating virtual platforms including appropriate toolchains and build environments from a software engineer’s point of view. The feasibility of our tool set was evaluated in a user-centered case study. Hence, a group of software engineers are asked to perform certain tasks in the field of embedded multi core programming.

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