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Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis

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This paper presents some of the steps in an emerging architecture tradeoff analysis method (ATAM). The objective of the method is to provide a principled way to understand a software architecture's fitness with respect to multiple competing quality attributes: modifiability, security, performance, availability, and so forth. These attributes can interact or conflict—improving one often comes at the price of worsening one or more of the others, thus it is necessary to trade off among multiple software quality attributes at the time the software architecture of a system is specified, and before the system is developed. This report illustrates typical quality attribute models, analyses, and tradeoffs using a small real-time industrial application.

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Barbacci, Mario; Feiler, Peter; Klein, Mark; Lipson, Howard; Longstaff, Thomas; Weinstock, Charles; & Carriere, S.. Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis (CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12927

IEEE

Barbacci. Mario, Feiler. Peter, Klein. Mark, Lipson. Howard, Longstaff. Thomas, Weinstock. Charles, and Carriere. S., "Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-029, 1998. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12927

APA

Barbacci, Mario., Feiler, Peter., Klein, Mark., Lipson, Howard., Longstaff, Thomas., Weinstock, Charles., & Carriere, S.. (1998). Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis (CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Retrieved October 30, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12927

CHI

Mario Barbacci, Peter Feiler, Mark Klein, Howard Lipson, Thomas Longstaff, Charles Weinstock, & S. Carriere. Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis (CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1998. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12927

MLA

Barbacci, Mario., Feiler, Peter., Klein, Mark., Lipson, Howard., Longstaff, Thomas., Weinstock, Charles., & Carriere, S.. 1998. Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis (Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12927