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Bran Selic
Does Your Software Creak As It Runs?
We are often so overwhelmed with the difficulty of writting logically correct software that we tend to underplay or even ignore the influence of the underlaying computing platform. In some cases, this negligence has been raised to the level of a design principle, based on a dangerously naive interpretation of the idea of "platform independence". After all, it is the platform that gives life to our logic and, as we demonstrate, its effect on software can be profound. We argue that software is not as far removed from physics as many imagine (or hope), that quantity can affect quality, and that, paraxodically, true platform independence cannot be achieved unless the platform is properly factored into design. We then outline a general approach that addresses this issue and show how it can be realized with UML.

About author:

Bran Selic is Principal Engineer at Rational Software Canada. He has close to 30 years of experience in the software industry particularly in the design and development of large-scale real-time systems. This experience spanned multiple industrial domains including telecommunications, aerospace, and robotics. Bran is the principal author of the book Real-Time Object-Oriented Modeling, considered as a primary reference on the application of the object paradigm to real-time applications. To date, he has published over 50 technical papers in various journals and scientific conferences and is a frequent keynote and invited speaker at such conferences.
In 1992, Bran co-founded ObjecTime Limited, a company that pioneered the concept of model-driven development and the use of automation for complex software systems. He has been actively participating in the definition of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) standard starting with the initial version in 1996. Most recently, Bran led the team responsible for defining an OMG standard UML profile for use with real-time applications.

In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Carleton University in Ottawa and is serving on the advisory board of the School of Information Technology and Engineering at the University of Ottawa. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Communications and Information Technology center of Ontario (CITO), a center of excellence sponsored by the government of Ontario. Bran is on the editorial board of a number of computer journals and a member of the IFAC Technical Committee on Real-Time Software Engineering. He has served as the general chair, program chair, and program committee member of numerous prestigious scientific conferences.

Bran received his Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering in 1972 and a Master's degree in systems theory in 1974, both from the University of Belgrade in Yugoslavia. He has been living and working in Canada since 1977.

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Adel Taweel
Predication of non-functional properties of COTS-based systems
On the outset COTS-based systems offers several advantages, including the promise of shorting the development life cycle, reducing costs of software development and faster utilisation of recent technical improvements in software industry in terms of capability, reliability, compatibility, performance and so forth. Many (initially!) believed that developing COTS-based systems is similar in many ways to LEGO-like building and would easily deliver these promises. However, this is rarely realised in practice. An important issue of COTS-based systems is that they are likely to be (or perhaps already being) used in domains where human life and/or economic loss are possible and the need for a highly reliable system is a must. However, would it be possible to build reliable COTS-based systems that meet such domains’ requirements? Does it necessarily mean that composing a system from highly reliable COTS components produce a highly reliable system? Is it possible to predict quality attributes of a COTS-based system from its components before building it? In this presentation we highlight the complexity of this issue, focusing on reliability, and attempt to answer these questions. We outline various approaches that attempted to address this issue, and propose a possible way forward to predicting the reliability of COTS-based system from its individual components.

About author

Dr. Adel Taweel is a Senior research Fellow and project manager at the University of Manchester. He has worked in the software industry for several years, before moving to academia. During this period, he lead and participated in the design and development of large-scale software systems mainly for communication and business orientated domains.

In 1998, Dr. Taweel moved to academia, the University of Keele, and worked on several EU and UK sponsored projects, including GDSD-Tseq (Globally Distributed Software Development) and CLARiFi (Clear and Reliable broker to support the development of component-based systems). In addition, Dr. Taweel took a lectureship post at the University Keele, until December 2002, before recently taking a new post at the University of Manchester. In addition to being a senior research fellow, he is also currently managing a large UK-sponsored e-science distributed project that aims to create a co-operative e-science clinical framework to support clinical trials (CLEF).

Dr. Taweel has received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Electronics from the University of Poona, India, in 1994. Dr. Taweel has obtained another Master’s degree in Data Engineering and subsequently received his Ph.D. in Software Engineering from The University of Keele, UK, in 2001.

Dr. Taweel has published several, technical reports, posters and research papers in journals and conferences in COTS, configuration management, distributed software development and component-based systems.


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