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Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality

  • Author(s): Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, Mark H. Klein
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  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • SEI Identifier: CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025
  • Type: Technical Report
  • Topics: Software Architecture
  • Description: This 2002 report presents the basic concepts of analysis models for two quality attributes-modifiability and performance, identifies a collection of tactics that can be used to control responses within those models, and discusses how to analyze the models in terms of these tactics.

Abstract

An architectural tactic is a design decision that helps achieve a specific quality-attribute response. Such a tactic must be motivated by a quality-attribute analysis model. This report presents the basic concepts of analysis models for two quality attributes-modifiability and performance, identifies a collection of tactics that can be used to control responses within those models, and discusses how to analyze the models in terms of these tactics.  

This report also describes how to interpret architectural designs in terms of analysis models and how to apply those models to specific architectures. In addition, it presents the analysis of several different architectural patterns taken from current literature.

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SEI

Bachmann, Felix; Bass, Len; & Klein, Mark. Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6193

IEEE

Bachmann. Felix, Bass. Len, and Klein. Mark, "Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6193

APA

Bachmann, Felix., Bass, Len., & Klein, Mark. (2002). Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025). Retrieved October 20, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6193

CHI

Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, & Mark Klein. Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality (CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6193

MLA

Bachmann, Felix., Bass, Len., & Klein, Mark. 2002. Illuminating the Fundamental Contributors to Software Architecture Quality (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2002-TR-025). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=6193