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Title: A new test framework for communications-critical large scale systems
Authors: Nabulsi, MA
Hierons, RM
Keywords: Testing;Test framework;Communications-critical;Large scale IT systems;Test case prioritization;Requirements;Prioritization
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Citation: IEEE Software, PP(99): (09 April 2014)
Abstract: None of today’s large scale systems could function without the reliable availability of a varied range of network communications capabilities. Whilst software, hardware and communications technologies have been advancing throughout the past two decades, the methods commonly used by industry for testing large scale systems which incorporate critical communications interfaces have not kept pace. This paper argues for the need for a specifically tailored framework to achieve effective and precise testing of communications-critical large scale systems (CCLSSs). The paper briefly discusses how generic test approaches are leading to inefficient and costly test activities in industry. The paper then outlines the features of an alternative CCLSS domain-specific test framework, and then provides an example based on a real case study. The paper concludes with an evaluation of the benefits observed during the case study and an outline of the available evidence that such benefits can be realized with other comparable systems.
ISSN: 0740-7459
Appears in Collections:Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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