An evolutionary testbed for software technology evaluation

TitleAn evolutionary testbed for software technology evaluation
Publication TypeJournal Articles
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsLindvall M, Rus I, Shull F, Zelkowitz MV, Donzelli P, Memon AM, Basili VR, Costa P, Tvedt R, Hochstein L
JournalInnovations in Systems and Software Engineering
Pagination3 - 11
Date Published2005///

Empirical evidence and technology evaluation are needed to close the gap between the state of the art and the state of the practice in software engineering. However, there are difficulties associated with evaluating technologies based on empirical evidence: insufficient specification of context variables, cost of experimentation, and risks associated with trying out new technologies. In this paper, we propose the idea of an evolutionary testbed for addressing these problems. We demonstrate the utility of the testbed in empirical studies involving two different research technologies applied to the testbed, as well as the results of these studies. The work is part of NASArsquos High Dependability Computing Project (HDCP), in which we are evaluating a wide range of new technologies for improving the dependability of NASA mission-critical systems.