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Communicating Software Architecture using a Unified Single-View Visualization

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5 Author(s)
Panas, T. ; Lawrence Livermore Nat. Lab., Livermore ; Epperly, T. ; Quinlan, D. ; Saebjornsen, A.
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Software is among the most complex human artifacts, and visualization is widely acknowledged as important to understanding software. In this paper, we consider the problem of understanding a software system's architecture through visualization. Whereas traditional visualizations use multiple stakeholder-specific views to present different kinds of task- specific information, we propose an additional visualization technique that unifies the presentation of various kinds of architecture-level information, thereby allowing a variety of stakeholders to quickly see and communicate current development, quality, and costs of a software system. For future empirical evaluation of multi-aspect, single-view architectural visualizations, we have implemented our idea in an existing visualization tool, Vizz3D. Our implementation includes techniques, such as the use of a city metaphor, that reduce visual complexity in order to support single-view visualizations of large-scale programs.

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Engineering Complex Computer Systems, 2007. 12th IEEE International Conference on

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11-14 July 2007