Enabling iterative software architecture derivation using early non-functional property evaluation

K. S. Barber, T. Graser, J. Holt

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15 Scopus citations

Abstract

The structure of a software architecture strongly influences the architecture's ability to prescribe systems satisfying functional requirements, non functional requirements, and overall qualities such as maintainability, reusability, and performance. Achieving an acceptable architecture requires an iterative derivation and evaluation process that allows refinement based on a series of tradeoffs. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are developing a suite of processes and supporting tools to guide architecture derivation from requirements acquisition through system design. The various types of decisions needed for concurrent derivation and evaluation demand a synthesis of evaluation techniques, because no single technique is suitable for all concerns of interest. Two tools in this suite, RARE and ARCADE, cooperate to enable iterative architecture derivation and architecture property evaluation. RARE guides derivation by employing a heuristics knowledge base, and evaluates the resulting architecture by applying static property evaluation based on structural metrics. ARCADE provides dynamic property evaluation leveraging simulation and model-checking. This paper presents a study whereby RARE and ARCADE were employed in the early stages of an industrial project to derive a Domain Reference Architecture (DRA), a high-level architecture capturing domain functionality, data, and timing. The discussion emphasizes early evaluation of performance qualities, and illustrates how ARCADE and RARE cooperate to enable iterative derivation and evaluation. These evaluations influenced DRA refinement as well as subsequent design decisions involving application implementation and computing platform selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - ASE 2002
Subtitle of host publication17th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages172-182
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)0769517366, 9780769517360
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002
Event17th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2002 - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 23 2002Sep 27 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings - ASE 2002: 17th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering

Conference

Conference17th IEEE International Conference on Automated Software Engineering, ASE 2002
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period9/23/029/27/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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