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A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0

  • February 2007
  • By William G. Wood
  • This 2007 report describes an example application of the ADD method, an approach to defining a software architecture in which the design process is based on the quality attribute requirements the software must fulfill.
  • Software Architecture
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
  • Abstract

    This report describes an example application of the Attribute-Driven Design (ADD) method developed by the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute. The ADD method is an approach to defining a software architecture in which the design process is based on the quality attribute requirements the software must fulfill. ADD follows a recursive process that decomposes a system or system element by applying architectural tactics and patterns that satisfy its driving quality attribute requirements. 

    The example in this report shows a practical application of the ADD method to a client-server system. In particular, this example focuses on selecting patterns to satisfy typical availability requirements for fault tolerance. The design concerns and patterns presented in this report—as well as the models used to determine whether the architecture satisfies the architectural drivers—can be applied in general to include fault tolerance in a system. Most of the reasoning used throughout the design process is pragmatic and models how an experienced architect works.

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SEI

Wood, William. A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0 (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-005). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8319

IEEE

Wood. William, "A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-005, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8319

APA

Wood, William. (2007). A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0 (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-005). Retrieved December 22, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8319

CHI

William Wood. A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0 (CMU/SEI-2007-TR-005). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8319

MLA

Wood, William. 2007. A Practical Example of Applying Attribute-Driven Design (ADD), Version 2.0 (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2007-TR-005). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8319