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Quality Attribute Design Primitives and the Attribute Driven Design Method

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This paper discusses the understanding of quality attributes and their application to the design of a software architecture. We present an approach to characterizing quality attributes and capturing architectural patterns that are used to achieve these attributes. For each pattern, it is important not only how the pattern achieves a quality attribute goal but also what impact the pattern has on other attributes. We embody this investigation of quality into the Attribute Driven Design Method for designing software architecture.