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Proceedings of the IEEE

Issue 9 • Date Sept. 1980

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  • [Front cover and table of contents]

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): c1
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  • Scanning the issue

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1043 - 1044
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  • The interaction of operating systems and software engineering

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1045 - 1049
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    Operating systems (OS's) are important to software engineering for four fundamental and significant reasons. 1) OS's define the abstract machines in terms of which subsystems and application programs must be implemented and upon which they must be executed. 2) OS's play a significant role in defining the programming environment for development of subsystems and applications. 3) OS's have in the pa... View full abstract»

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  • Software products for manufacturing design and control

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1050 - 1053
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    Scientific and engineering problems prompted the introduction of the electronic computer and have continued to be the main driving force of its development. Early attempts at a "computerized factory" failed because inadequate hardware was combined with inappropriate software tools. Realistic possibilities appeared with third generation computers, minicomputers, and Fortran. Later new philosophies ... View full abstract»

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  • Office information systems: Challenge for the 80's

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1054 - 1059
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    Today's office is plagued by problems of rising costs and low productivity. Office automation and office information systems are proposed as a possible solution to many of the information handling problems of the office. The technology is available and the market place is ready for office automation. However, several challenges need to be met before the proposed remedy can be applied effectively. ... View full abstract»

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  • Programs, life cycles, and laws of software evolution

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1060 - 1076
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    By classifying programs according to their relationship to the environment in which they are executed, the paper identifies the sources of evolutionary pressure on computer applications and programs and shows why this results in a process of never ending maintenance activity. The resultant life cycle processes are then briefly discussed. The paper then introduces laws of Program Evolution that hav... View full abstract»

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  • Specifying software requirements

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1077 - 1085
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    Many of the problems of software system development can be traced to poor understanding or specification of what the system is supposed to do. Much attention is now being given to producing requirements specifications that are understandable, formal, complete, and modifiable. The structure and content of conceptual models for problem understanding are discussed; such models can form the basis for ... View full abstract»

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  • Software representation and composition techniques

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1085 - 1093
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    The field of software development has undergone some of its most profound changes in the last ten years. Much of this change has been in response to ever increasing demands on software systems in terms of their complexity, reliability, and resiliency. Symptomatic of such rapid evolution is the proliferation of methods and techniques intended to solve "the" software problem. However, real-world sof... View full abstract»

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  • Software quality assurance: Testing and validation

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1093 - 1098
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    There are many pitfalls for the unwary hardware engineer who must develop software. In particular, hardware quality control procedures and concepts can easily be misapplied. The purpose of this paper is to help hardware-oriented engineers apply some of the quality assurance lessons learned by software engineers. We first discuss how software is and is not analogous to hardware, and then outline re... View full abstract»

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  • On learning how to predict

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1099 - 1103
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    To meet performance guarantees, we should consider building computer systems more like queueing models we do understand, rather than trying to build complex queueing models of systems we do not understand. This approach is already familiar to software engineers, who use models to constrain software development so that the results are more reliable and understandable. Four real examples illustrate ... View full abstract»

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  • Software management—A survey of the practice in 1980

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1103 - 1119
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    The primary thrust of this paper is to explore many of the problems currently plaguing software development activities and to propose how some of the recently developed management practices may be employed in dealing with them. The practices described range from people organizations (e.g., chief programmer teams) to fully automated engineering tools (e.g., software requirements engineering methodo... View full abstract»

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  • The impact of abstraction concerns on modern programming languages

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1119 - 1130
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    The major issues of modern software are its size and complexity, and its major problems involve finding effective techniques and tools for organization and maintenance. This paper traces the important ideas of modern programming languages to their roots in the problems and languages of the past decade and shows how these modern languages respond to contemporary problems in software development. Mo... View full abstract»

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  • The measurement and management of software reliability

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1131 - 1143
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    The theme of this paper is the field of software reliability measurement and its applications. Needs for and potential uses of software reliability measurement are discussed. Software reliability and hardware reliability are compared, and some basic software reliability concepts are outlined. A brief summary of the major steps in the history and evolution of the field is presented. Two of the lead... View full abstract»

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  • Measurement and experimentation in software engineering

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1144 - 1157
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    The contributions of measurement and experimentation to the state of the art in software engineering are reviewed. The role of measurement in developing theoretical models is discussed, and concerns for reliability and validity are stressed. Current approaches to measuring software characteristics are presented as examples. In particular, software complexity metrics related to control flow, module... View full abstract»

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  • Software engineering education

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1158 - 1162
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    In a field as rapidly growing as software engineering, the education problem splits into two major parts-university education and industrial education. (Some of which is given at university locations, as short courses, but considered industrial education here.) Both parts draw on the same underlying disciplines and methodologies. But the people involved-both teachers and students-have different ob... View full abstract»

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  • Improved RF amplifier mounting scheme

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s):1166 - 1167
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    The use of a conductive, silicone rubber-based wafer is described in conjunction with RF amplifier module installation on double-sided printed wiring boards. The new method provides for device heat sinking, device pin stress relief, and low impedance device ultrahigh frequency (UHF) ground connection for achieving cost-effective reliable device performance. View full abstract»

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  • Correction to "Comparison of round-off noise variances in several low round-off noise digital filter structures"

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 1167
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  • Correction to "A fundamental result concerning the topology of transistor circuits with multiple equilibria"

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 1167
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  • Integrated circuits, technology and applications

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 1168
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  • Introduction to dynamic systems: Theory, models and application

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 1168
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  • Book alert

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): 1168
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  • [Back cover]

    Publication Year: 1980, Page(s): c4
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