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  1. Characterizing computational demand of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) is critical for guaranteeing that multiple hard real-time tasks may be scheduled on shared resources without missing deadlines. In a CPS involving repetition such as industrial automation systems found in chemical process control or robotic manufacturing, sensors and actuators used as part of the industrial process may be conditionally enabled (and disabled) as a sequence of repeated steps is executed. In robotic manufacturing, for example, these steps may be the movement of a robotic arm through some trajectories followed by activation of end-effector sensors and actuators at the end of each completed motion. The conditional enabling of sensors and actuators produces a sequence of Monotonically Ascending Execution times (MAE) with lower WCET when the sensors are disabled and higher WCET when enabled. Since these systems may have several predefined steps to follow before repeating the entire sequence each unique step may result in several consecutive sequences of MAE. The repetition of these unique sequences of MAE result in a repeating WCET sequence. In the absence of an efficient demand characterization technique for repeating WCET sequences composed of subsequences with monotonically increasing execution time, this work proposes a new task model to describe themore »behavior of real-world systems which generate large repeating WCET sequences with subsequences of monotonically increasing execution times. In comparison to the most applicable current model, the Generalized Multiframe model (GMF), an empirically and theoretically faster method for characterizing the demand is provided. The demand characterization algorithm is evaluated through a case study of a robotic arm and simulation of 10,000 randomly generated tasks where, on average, the proposed approach is 231 and 179 times faster than the state-of-the-art in the case study and simulation respectively.« less