Measuring the maintainability of Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) based system deployments: A network-based approach

Michael W. Smith, Derrick Tate, William D. Lawson

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Abstract

This paper proposes a diagnostic approach to quantify the maintainability of a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS)-based system (CBS) by analyzing the complexity of the deployment of the system. The approach integrates architectural dependencies and the system's concept of operations to derive a network-based representation of the software system. A greater understanding of the deployment complexity is gained by comparing the in-degree distribution of the derived network to the power-law distribution. The resultant measure is useful in evaluating the maintainability of the operational system while the system is being designed and throughout the lifetime of the system. The measure is applied to deployed production systems with known maintainability histories to validate the approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication25th International Conference on Design Theory and Methodology; ASME 2013 Power Transmission and Gearing Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Print)9780791855928
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
EventASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2013Aug 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume5

Conference

ConferenceASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period08/4/1308/7/13

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