Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

Consulting

We provide technical assistance and guidance to transform the architectural design process from one based on human evaluation to one based on automated analysis.

This analysis includes

  • validating system quality attributes early in the design phase
  • facilitating system integration
  • conducting impact and tradeoff analysis using architecture models

Architectural Model

Single Model Supporting Multiple Analyses

An architecture-centric, model-based approach supports multiple analysis, performed throughout the life cycle, on a single model.

The SEI uses the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) to document a system architecture and provide a platform for multiple analyses. AADL, an international industry standard, supports multiple analyses from a single architectural model, enables modeling and analysis throughout the life cycle, and provides analysis of runtime behavior such as availability, performance, and security.

Through its XML/XMI interchange format, AADL supports model interchange and tool chaining. And, the SEI offers the freely available Open Source AADL Tool Environment (OSATE) set of analysis plug-ins that includes

  • a syntax-sensitive text editor, with integrated error reporting
  • a parser and semantic checker for textual AADL with conversion into AADL XML
  • an unparser for AADL XML to textual AADL conversion
  • support for multi-enterprise development through a version control system interface

AADL also can be used with


Consulting at the SEI

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