Accession Number : AD0778836

Title :   Rome Air Development Center R and D Program in Computer Language Controls and Software Engineering Techniques,

Corporate Author : ROME AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER GRIFFISS AFB N Y

Personal Author(s) : Thayer,Richard H.

Report Date : APR 1974

Pagination or Media Count : 25

Abstract : In the procurement of any large scale automatic data processing system, software development costs the United States Air Force three to five times the cost of hardware. These software costs can be attributed to the sheer magnitude of the labor of coding, the extremely high cost of debugging and verifying programs, a low transferability of computer programs between machines and the high cost of maintaining programs which include the elimination of latent errors. Only through automation of software production can the Air Force hope to control software development. This paper looks at the software production cycle, the present problems associated with it and the USAF R and D program in the development of automated techniques for software production. A final challenge is offered on knotty software R and D problems, that, if solved, could further Computer Technology. (Modified author abstract)

Descriptors :   *Computer programming, *Cost analysis, High level languages, Air Force research

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE