Accession Number:

ADA102990

Title:

Design Science Capacity Assessment Methodology.

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept. No. 1,

Corporate Author:

INSTITUTE FOR SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PALO ALTO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-10-25

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This report presents the outlines of two of three forthcoming papers in the hardwaresoftware design science. The first, Foundations and Concepts of Software Physics, is a new, concise exposition of Kolences software physics which defines the metric quantities for both hardware and software capacity and performance. The second paper, Queueing Network Analysis in Software Physics, presents an integration of operational queueing network methodologies into software physics, thus giving effective modeling procedures based on organic properties of hardware and software performance. A substantial feature of this approach is that properties of hardware, configuration and software are not confounded in the analysis, but are kept distinct, finally combining in the model algorithms themselves. A third paper whose content is under current investigation addresses the feasibility of estimating software work demand using the theory of software science developed by Halstead. Such capability would permit the translation of the content of algorithms into estimates of demand on equipment. This is, of course, a critical input to the performance modeling process, no matter by what means. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Hardware
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE