Accession Number : ADA320786

Title :   Recommended Best Industrial Practice for Software Architecture Evaluation.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s) : Abowd, Gregory ; Bass, Len ; Clements, Paul ; Kazman, Rick ; Northrop, Linda

PDF Url : ADA320786

Report Date : 13 JAN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Architectural decisions have a great impact on the consequent quality of software systems. As a result, it is important to evaluate how a software architecture meets its quality demands. Though much focus has been placed on modeling and describing the software architecture as a design artifact, we found that relatively little is known about the current experience with software architecture evaluation. This report details the results of two workshops on software architecture evaluation, held at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) on November 9-10, 1995 and May 9-10,1996. The purpose of the workshops was to determine the state of industrial practice in the evaluation of software architectures with respect to a set of desired quality attributes, and to uncover recommendations for best practices. In this report, we summarize the findings of the two workshops, define a set of dimensions to characterize various software architecture evaluation techniques, and make concrete recommendations for implementing architecture evaluation practices.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, *COMPUTER PROGRAM VERIFICATION, *INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING, TEST AND EVALUATION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, METHODOLOGY, INDUSTRIES, DECISION MAKING, IMPACT, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, QUALITY, WORKSHOPS.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE