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A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems

  • June 2012
  • By Dionisio de Niz , Peter H. Feiler , David P. Gluch , Lutz Wrage
  • Presents the Virtual Upgrade Validation (VUV) method, an approach that uses architecture-centric, model-based analysis to identify system-level problems early in the upgrade process to complement established test qualification techniques.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    This report presents a Virtual Upgrade Validation (VUV) method to improve design quality and confidence in qualification through testing for military systems impacted by computer platform changes. This approach uses architecture-centric, model-based analysis to identify system-level problems early in the upgrade process to complement established test qualification techniques. For purposes of this report, the authors focus on changes to the computer platform consisting of processors, network, operating system, and runtime infrastructure. They describe the VUV method steps and introduce the Architectural Dependencies Catalog that provides guidance for modelers on which aspects of the system to model and how to model them. The report also provides a history and overview of the Architecture Analysis and Design Language standard, which is used with the VUV method.

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SEI

de Niz, Dionisio; Feiler, Peter; Gluch, David; & Wrage, Lutz. A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems (CMU/SEI-2012-TR-005). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10115

IEEE

de Niz. Dionisio, Feiler. Peter, Gluch. David, and Wrage. Lutz, "A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2012-TR-005, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10115

APA

de Niz, Dionisio., Feiler, Peter., Gluch, David., & Wrage, Lutz. (2012). A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems (CMU/SEI-2012-TR-005). Retrieved December 18, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10115

CHI

Dionisio de Niz, Peter Feiler, David Gluch, & Lutz Wrage. A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems (CMU/SEI-2012-TR-005). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10115

MLA

de Niz, Dionisio., Feiler, Peter., Gluch, David., & Wrage, Lutz. 2012. A Virtual Upgrade Validation Method for Software-Reliant Systems (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2012-TR-005). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=10115