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A Quality Attributes Guide for Space Flight Software Architects

May 2016 Presentation
Lorainne Fesq (Jet Propulsion Laboratory), Jonathan Wilmot (Jet Propulsion Labortory), Daniel Dvorak (Jet Propulsion)

This presentation describes a table, generated by NASA's Software Architecture Review Board, that lists 14 key quality attributes, identifies important aspects of each quality attribute, and considers each aspect.

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Software Engineering Institute

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Abstract

In the international standards for architecture descriptions in systems and software engineering (ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010), "concern" is a primary concept that often manifests itself in relation to the quality attributes or "ilities" that a system is expected to exhibit—qualities such as reliability, security, and modifiability. One of the main uses of an architecture description is to serve as a basis for analyzing how well the architecture achieves its quality attributes, and that requires architects to be as precise as possible about what they mean in claiming, for example, that an architecture supports "modifiability." This presentation describes a table, generated by NASA’s Software Architecture Review Board, that lists 14 key quality attributes, identifies important aspects of each quality attribute, and considers each aspect in terms of requirements, rationale, evidence, and tactics to achieve the aspect. This quality attribute table is intended to serve as a guide to software architects, software developers, and software architecture reviewers in the domain of mission-critical, real-time embedded systems, such as space mission flight software.