Putting Teeth into Open Architectures: Infrastructure for Reducing the Need for Retesting

Report Number: NPS-AM-07-018

Series: Acquisition Management

Category: Open Architecture (OA)

Report Series: Proceedings Paper

Authors: Valdis Berzins, Manuel Rodriguez

Title: Putting Teeth into Open Architectures: Infrastructure for Reducing the Need for Retesting

Published: 2007-04-01

Sponsored By: Acquisition Research Program

Status: Published--Unlimited Distribution

Research Type: NPS Faculty

Full Text URL: http://acquisitionresearch.org/files/FY2007/NPS-AM-07-018.pdf

Keywords: Dependable Open Architecture, Open Architecture

Abstract:

The Navy is currently implementing the open-architecture framework for developing joint interoperable systems that adapt and exploit open-system design principles and architectures. This raises concerns about how to practically achieve dependability in software-intensive systems with many possible configurations when: 1) the actual configuration of the system is subject to frequent and possibly rapid change, and 2) the environment of typical reusable subsystems is variable and unpredictable. Our preliminary investigations indicate that current methods for achieving dependability in open architectures are insufficient. Conventional methods for testing are suited for stovepipe systems and depend strongly on the assumptions that the environment of a typical system is fixed and known in detail to the quality-assurance team at test and evaluation time. This paper outlines new approaches to quality assurance and testing that are better suited for providing affordable reliability in open architectures, and explains some of the additional technical features that an Open Architecture must have in order to become a Dependable Open Architecture.