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Rob Hierons , Brunel University, Uxbridge
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.
CITATION
Rob Hierons, "A new test framework for communications-critical large scale systems", IEEE Software, , no. 1, pp. 1, PrePrints PrePrints, doi:10.1109/MS.2014.53
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