Data Base Management of Software Development,
SINGER CO BINGHAMTON NY LINK FLIGHT SIMULATION DIV
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The incessant increase in computational power provided by microelectronics has not begun to be matched by corresponding improvements in software productivity. This now trite observation has especially pernicious implications in the WeaponMission simulator field, where massive developments of demanding, new, real-time software in relatively short time spans are a way of life. This paper describes a new, comprehensive approach to satisfy this need a software development environment which relates the total set of information relevant to the software product through data base management techniques. The main elements of the concept include 1 Organization of the simulator software and hardware into a hierarchical framework, clearly separating functions so that top-down design and modularization will be substantially easier. 2 Arrangement of all types of product information -- from specificatins, through requirements and designs, to code itself -- in an engineering data base patterned exactly upon the hierarchical framework in l above. 3 Merging of management status information and configuration control data into the same framework. 4 Provision of a coherent set of tools to connect all elements of the data base for development, control, and management purposes.