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A rationale-based architecture model for design traceability and reasoning

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A rationale-based architecture model for design traceability and reasoning
Large systems often have a long life-span and comprise many intricately related elements. The verification and maintenance of these systems require a good understanding of their architecture design. Design rationale can support such understanding but it is often undocumented or unstructured. The absence of design rationale makes it much more difficult to detect inconsistencies, omissions and conflicts in an architecture design. We address these issues by introducing a rationale-based architecture model that incorporates design rationale, design objects and their relationships. This model provides reasoning support to explain why design objects exist and what assumptions and constraints they depend on. Based on this model, we apply traceability techniques for change impact analysis and root-cause analysis, thereby allowing software architects to better understand and reason about an architecture design. In order to align closely with industry practices, we choose to represent the rat...
Antony Tang, Yan Jin, Jun Han
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Type Journal
Year 2007
Where JSS
Authors Antony Tang, Yan Jin, Jun Han
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