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Issue No.11 - November (2002 vol.28)
pp: 1085-1103
ABSTRACT
<p><b>Abstract</b>—This paper deals with testing distributed software systems. In the past, two important problems have been determined for executing tests using a distributed test architecture: <it>controllability</it> and <it>observability</it> problems. A coordinated test method has subsequently been proposed to solve these two problems. In the present article: 1) we show that controllability and observability are indeed resolved if and only if the test system respects some timing constraints, even when the system under test is non-real-time; 2) we determine these timing constraints; 3) we determine other timing constraints which optimize the duration of test execution; 4) we show that the communication medium used by the test system has not to be necessarily FIFO; and 5) we show that the centralized test method can be considered just as a particular case of the proposed coordinated test method.</p>
INDEX TERMS
Conformance testing, distributed systems, controllability, observability, reaction time, waiting time.
CITATION
Ahmed Khoumsi, "A Temporal Approach for Testing Distributed Systems", IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol.28, no. 11, pp. 1085-1103, November 2002, doi:10.1109/TSE.2002.1049406
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