Date of Award

12-2010

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Legacy Department

Computer Science

Advisor

McGregor, John D

Committee Member

Grossman , Harold C

Committee Member

Hallstrom , Jason O

Committee Member

Srimani , Pradip K

Abstract

The degree to which a software system possesses specified levels of software quality attributes, such as performance and modifiability, often have more influence on the success and failure of those systems than the functional requirements. One method of improving the level of a software quality that a product possesses is to reason about the structure of the software architecture in terms of how well the structure supports the quality. This is accomplished by reasoning through software quality attribute scenarios while designing the software architecture of the system.
As society relies more heavily on software systems, the dependability of those systems becomes critical. In this study, a framework for reasoning about the dependability of a software system is presented. Dependability is a multi-faceted software quality attribute that encompasses reliability, availability, confidentiality, integrity, maintainability and safety. This makes dependability more complex to reason about than other quality attributes. The goal of this reasoning framework is to help software architects build dependable software systems by using quantitative and qualitative techniques to reason about dependability in software architectures.

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