May 2016 - November 2016 2 mins read

Master's Thesis: Introducing Performance Awareness in an Integrated Specification Environment


With an increase in software complexity and modularization to create large software systems and software product lines it is increasingly difficult to ensure all requirements are met by the built system. Performance requirements are an important concern to software systems and research has developed approaches being capable of predicting software performance from annotated software architecture descriptions, such as the Palladio tool suite. However, the tooling when moving between specification, implementation and verification phase has a gap as the tools are commonly not linked, leading to inconsistencies and ambiguities in the produced artifacts. This thesis introduces performance awareness into the Integrated Specification Environment for the Specification of Technical Software Systems (IETS3), which is a specification environment aiming to close the tooling gap between the different lifecycle phases. Performance awareness is introduced by integrating existing approaches for software performance prediction from the Palladio tool suite and extending them to cope with variability-aware system models for software product lines. The thesis includes an experimental evaluation showing that the developed approach is able to provide performance predictions to users of the specification environment within 2000 ms for systems of up to 20 components and within 8000 ms for systems of up to 30 components.



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