Simulation: An Enabling Technology in Software Engineering
This paper suggests that the software engineering community could exploit
simulation to much greater advantage. There are several reasons for this.
First, the Office of the Secretary of Defense has indicated that simulation
will play a significant role in the acquisition of defense-related systems to
cut costs, improve reliability and bring systems into operation more rapidly.
Second, there many areas where simulation can be applied to support software
development and acquisition. Such areas include requirements specification,
process improvement, architecture trade-off analysis and product line
practices. Third, commercial simulation technology, capable of supporting
software development needs is now mature, is easy to use, is of low cost and
is readily available.