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Using Empirical Testbeds to Accelerate Technology Maturity and Transition: The SCRover Experience

Barry Boehm, Jesal Bhuta, David Garlan, Eric Gradman, LiGuo Huang, Alexander Lam, Ray Madachy, Nenad Medvidovic, Kenneth Meyer, Steven Meyers, Gustavo Perez, Kirk Reinholtz, Roshanak Roshandel and Nicolas Rouquette.

In International Symposium on Empirical Software Engineering, Pages 117-126, IEEE Computer Society, Los Alamitos, CA, USA, 2004. ISBN 0-7695-2165-7.

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This paper is an experience report on a first attempt to develop and apply a new form of software: a fullservice testbed designed to evaluate alternative software dependability technologies, and to accelerate their maturation and transition into project use. The SCRover testbed includes not only the specifications, code, and hardware of a public safety robot, but also the package of instrumentation, scenario drivers, seeded defects, experimentation guidelines, and comparative effort and defect data needed to facilitate technology evaluation experiments. The SCRover testbed’s initial operational capability has been recently applied to evaluate two architecture definition languages (ADLs) and toolsets, Mae and AcmeStudio. The testbed evaluation showed (1) that the ADL-based toolsets were complementary and costeffective to apply to mission-critical systems; (2) that the testbed was cost-effective to use by researchers; and (3) that collaboration in testbed use by researchers and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) project users resulted in actions to accelerate technology maturity and transition into project use. The evaluation also identified a number of lessons learned for improving the SCRover testbed, and for development and application of future technology evaluation testbeds.

Keywords: Software Engineering.   [Annote]
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