Knowledge based quality-driven architecture design and evaluation

Eila Ovaska (Corresponding Author), Antti Evesti, Katja Henttonen, Marko Palviainen, Pekka Aho

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    Modelling and evaluating quality properties of software is of high importance, especially when our every day life depends on the quality of services produced by systems and devices embedded into our surroundings. This paper contributes to the body of research in quality and model driven software engineering. It does so by introducing; (1) a quality aware software architecting approach and (2) a supporting tool chain. The novel approach with supporting tools enables the systematic development of high quality software by merging benefits of knowledge modelling and management, and model driven architecture design enhanced with domain-specific quality attributes. The whole design flow of software engineering is semi-automatic; specifying quality requirements, transforming quality requirements to architecture design, representing quality properties in architectural models, predicting quality fulfilment from architectural models, and finally, measuring quality aspects from implemented source code. The semi-automatic design flow is exemplified by the ongoing development of a secure middleware for peer-to-peer embedded systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)577-601
    JournalInformation and Software Technology
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Evaluation
    • Model-driven development
    • Ontology
    • Quality attribute
    • Software architecture
    • Tool


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