Accession Number:

ADA413696

Title:

SEI Architecture Analysis Techniques and When to Use them

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The Software Engineering Institute SEISM has developed two methods for analyzing system and software architectures--the Quality Attribute Workshop QAW and the Architecture Tradeoff Analysis MethodSM ATAMsM. These techniques, which are described in detail in various SEI technical reports and on the SEI Web site, can be used in combination to obtain early and continuous benefits. Designed to complement the ATAM, the QAW provides a method for analyzing a conceptual architecture or a system architecture against a number of critical quality attributes--such as availability, performance, security, interoperability, and modifiability--before the software architecture is fully developed. Once the software architecture is developed, the ATAM can be used to reveal how well the architecture satisfies particular quality attribute requirements and the risks, sensitivities, and tradeoffs involved in satisfying the requirements. The purpose of this technical note is to describe, using a hypothetical example, the alignment, combination, and uses of the two methods.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE