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Proceedings 25th EUROMICRO Conference. Informatics: Theory and Practice for the New Millennium

8-10 Sept. 1999

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  • EUROMICRO '99 [front matter]

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):i - xxviii
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  • Introduction to the workshop on music technology and audio processing

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):4 - 5
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  • Workshop software process and product improvement

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):158 - 161
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  • Network computing

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):426 - 429
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  • Index of authors

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):475 - 479
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  • Dealing with non-determinism in communications within Java applications

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):350 - 357 vol.2
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    New software technologies and languages have made easier (and maybe less error-prone) the development of distributed applications. Especially Java allows straightforward use of connection-oriented communications, typically utilized for accessing resources and services in Internet. Communication mechanisms over computer network could yield a non-deterministic behavior in distributed applications. A... View full abstract»

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  • Capturing, negotiating, and evolving system requirements: bridging WinWin and the UML

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):252 - 259 vol.2
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    Developing software systems is a process of eliciting and evolving stakeholder requirements using informal, semiformal and formal representations of knowledge. Managing the transitions between these representations is a challenging task. On the one hand informal representations for capturing system requirements support straightforward involvement and interaction of even inexperienced stakeholders.... View full abstract»

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  • Carrying ATM cells over Ethernet

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):342 - 349 vol.2
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    This paper presents the design details and performance measurements of an implementation of the Cells In Frame (CIF) protocol over the Linux operative system. The CIF protocol allows to encapsulate ATM cells in Ethernet frames, bringing in this way the advantages of ATM technology over legacy Ethernet networks. Throughput, delay, and delay variation have been measured in order to determine the abi... View full abstract»

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  • The role of `culture' in successful software process improvement

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):170 - 176 vol.2
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    Software development takes place within a rich cultural setting. To be successful, a programme aimed at improving software development processes needs to recognise this context and to make explicit the software practices as they are actually understood and applied by software developers. But what aspects of the context are relevant and how can they be identified? To begin addressing this question ... View full abstract»

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  • AEM: availability enhancing middleware-a prototype for enhancing the availability of software applications

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):138 - 141 vol.2
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    This paper addresses the problem of enhancing the availability of software applications in provider networks. The work results from a research cooperation between the Universitat der Bundeswehr Munchen and the Siemens AG (Information & Communication Networks), Munchen. We propose an AEM-architecture based on actively monitoring the behavior of applications at run-time in order to be able to ev... View full abstract»

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  • Requirements change: a dissection of management issues

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):244 - 251 vol.2
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    Increasingly, customers expect modern software systems to be evolvable and sufficiently flexible to accommodate changing users needs. This expectation, however, is untempered by the fact that changing requirements are recognised as a major cause of project failure, and over time, can have a degrading effect on the underlying design of a system. There is a need therefore, for organisations to devel... View full abstract»

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  • A lean metric acquisition and presentation environment for the assessment of a test process improvement experiment

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):274 - 278 vol.2
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    The introduction of environment simulation to support tests of control software for automatic logistic systems is subject of a process improvement experiment (ESSI-PIE 27519 “PITIS”). To evaluate this method, a lean metric suite has been developed according to the GQM paradigm. In order to be accepted by the programmers, it is kept simple and user-friendly by integrating metric data ac... View full abstract»

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  • Design of distributed system protocols based on standard FDL's

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):334 - 341 vol.2
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    The protocol WorldFIP for industrial communication networks, is specified with the formal specification language LOTOS. The paper introduces the main features of WorldFIP particularly those related to its data link layer. The methodology used and the description of specification are explained with the data types implemented. Following that, instances of tests developed for verifying the specificat... View full abstract»

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  • What the software industry says about the practices modelled in current software process models?

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):162 - 168 vol.2
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    A series of surveys has been designed and conducted in order to seek the practical foundations of the base process activities in the software industry and to support and validate the current software process models. As a basis, a superset of 444 base process activities (BPAs) modelled in current process models, such as CMM, ISO 9000, BOOTSTRAP, SPICE and SPRM, were identified. This paper describes... View full abstract»

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  • Parallel computing using Java mobile agents

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):430 - 437 vol.2
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    We propose a mobile-agent parallel processing framework that uses multiple Java mobile agents, each one of which utilizes multithreading. A mobile agent can travel at any Web site to perform its tasks. We also introduce the concept of task handlers, which are Java objects capable of implementing a particular task of the target application. TaskHandlers are dynamically assigned to mobile agents. We... View full abstract»

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  • Computer know thy self!: a biological way to look at fault-tolerance

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):129 - 135 vol.2
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    The body's immune system is impressively good at coping with external and internal errors, usually known as bacteria and viruses. The body is able to distinguish the haemoglobin found in blood from the insulin secreted by the pancreas from the vitreous humor contained in the eye from everything else. It must manage to repel innumerable different kinds of invading organisms and yet not attack the b... View full abstract»

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  • Semi-structured data extraction and schema knowledge mining

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):310 - 317 vol.2
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    It is well known that World Wide Web has become a huge information resource. Therefore, it is very important for us to utilize this kind of information effectively. This paper proposes a semi-structured data extraction method to get the useful information embedded in a group of relevant web pages, and store it with OEM (Object Exchange Model). Then, we adopt data mining method to discover schema k... View full abstract»

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  • Validation of object oriented models using animation

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):237 - 242 vol.2
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    Experience has shown that prototyping is a valuable technique in the validation of designs. However the prototype(s) can be too far semantically removed from the design. Animation is a technique where a design itself can be `executed' without the need to translate to a high-level language to build a prototype. While animation has been implemented with formal specification languages such as VDM, Z ... View full abstract»

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  • Experience in comparative process assessment with multi-process-models

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):268 - 273 vol.2
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    For software process assessment and improvement, two of the top frequently-asked-questions in the software industry are that: (a) what is the interrelationships between current process models? and (b) how can a given capability level in one model be related to another objectively? This paper reports the findings of a comparative process assessment case study project for a software organisation usi... View full abstract»

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  • Experiences from the pilot operation and commissioning phase of a SCM process improvement program

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):185 - 192 vol.2
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    Piloting of new practices and taking them into successful large-scale use within an organisation are challenging tasks in software process improvement programs. This paper describes an approach to piloting Software Configuration Management (SCM) practices within an industrial organisation. In this case, the SCM improvement program based on Pr2imer, Practical Process Improvement for Embe... View full abstract»

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  • An experimental comparison of software diagnosis methods

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):146 - 149 vol.2
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    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in various aspects of system diagnosis. This paper presents an evaluation and a comparison of two diagnosis techniques, the dicing method which is especially used in the software debugging area, and a new promising automated diagnosis method. The experiments reported in this paper show that this last method is very efficient for locating fault... View full abstract»

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  • A dictionary-adaptive speech driven user interface for a distributed multimedia platform

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):326 - 332 vol.2
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    The goal of the PRINCESS project is the development of a distributed end-to-end multimedia platform prototype. The platform supports access to media servers in a computer network via various types of mobile terminals. New paradigms for user interfaces are applied in order to make the terminal devices more intelligent and to enable hands-free operation for a busy user. A speech recognition module c... View full abstract»

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  • A parallel processing system for polyphonic singing synthesis

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):70 - 74 vol.2
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    A synthesiser has been designed for polyphonic (multi-voice) singing synthesis. Singing synthesis requires frequent updating of parameters to achieve a natural output sound. These parameters include fundamental frequency, formant frequencies, formant bandwidths, and voice source parameters (such as Open Quotient). The synthesis engine is controlled using a script and a graphical user interface. Th... View full abstract»

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  • “Perfect” audio signal processing using finite field transforms

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):55 - 60 vol.2
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    The design and implementation of lossless audio signal processing using Finite Field Transforms is discussed. Finite field signal processing techniques are described. The effects of filter length and coefficient accuracy are also discussed. Finite field transform algorithms which would be suitable for lossless signal processing are presented View full abstract»

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  • The Komodo project: thread-based event handling supported by a multithreaded Java microcontroller

    Publication Year: 1999, Page(s):122 - 128 vol.2
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    The Komodo project concerns the handling of multiple real-time events by Java threads that are supported by a multithreaded Java microcontroller. The architecture of the processor core and resulting implications are considered. The use of thread-based event handling is introduced and explained in combination with an Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV) application. The advantages of thread-based event h... View full abstract»

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