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  • Proceedings. 24th EUROMICRO Conference (Cat. No.98EX204)

    Publication Year: 1998
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    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):xxxv - xxxviii
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  • Improvement of control software for automatic logistic systems using executable environment models

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):919 - 923 vol.2
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    Control computer systems for automatic logistic systems contain reactive modules, which are usually tested on-site, in conjunction with the real environment. This leads to high test costs and unsatisfactory test coverage. Environment simulation models offer an execution environment for customizable, in-house testing. A process model and architecture for the generation of domain specific environmen... View full abstract»

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  • The improvement of a software design methodology by encapsulating knowledge from code

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):913 - 918 vol.2
    Cited by:  Patents (2)
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    While numerous software engineering methodologies exist, are well documented, and are widely used, e.g. JSD, SSADM, etc., it can be argued that none cater for the specific problems associated with reengineering legacy, or dusty-deck systems. This paper reports on a development environment, KATT, that enshrines a methodology which enables the development of new codes or the reengineering of existin... View full abstract»

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  • Product-based software process improvement for embedded systems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):905 - 912 vol.2
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    The paper addresses conceptual models for relating together embedded systems' product and process characteristics. The purpose of the models is to describe in detail the characteristics of embedded systems for enhancing ISO 15504 (SPICE project) conformant assessment methods to cover embedded systems' software process assessment. The analysis of embedded systems is based on the domain expertise of... View full abstract»

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  • Address resolution model and traffic control for multimedia data transmission with QoS guarantees between ATM and Ethernet

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):520 - 527 vol.2
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    This paper is divided into two parts to reveal the interconnection between asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and Ethernet, and to guarantee quality of service (QoS) for the multimedia data transmission. First, we have to solve the addressing problem. We discuss the addressing model for classical IP over ATM, LAN emulation, Peer model and Next Hop Resolution Protocol (NHRP). We then propose our addr... View full abstract»

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  • Managing change in software development using a process improvement approach

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):779 - 786 vol.2
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    Describes the DESIRE (DESigned Improvements in Requirements Evolution) project, which is investigating novel ways to better manage change during software development. Our work has identified five key process improvement practices: (1) adopting a change improvement framework; (2) establishing an organisation-wide change process; (3) classifying change; (4) change estimation; and (5) measuring chang... View full abstract»

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  • A product-process dependency definition method

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):898 - 904 vol.2
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    The success of most software companies depends largely on software product quality. High product quality is usually a result of advanced software development processes. Hence, improvement actions should be selected based on sound knowledge about the dependencies between software product quality attributes and software development processes. The article describes a method for developing product/pro... View full abstract»

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  • Improved multimedia server I/O subsystems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):514 - 519 vol.2
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    The main function of a continuous media server is to concurrently stream data from storage to multiple clients over a network. The resulting streams will congest the host CPU bus, reducing access to the system's main memory, which degrades CPU performance. The purpose of this paper is to investigate ways of improving I/O subsystems of continuous media servers. Several improved I/O subsystem archit... View full abstract»

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  • Pragmatic method for interoperability test suite derivation

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):838 - 844 vol.2
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    Theoretically, conformance yields interworking and interoperability. However, experience has shown problems even when systems are conforming to the same standard. By having a glance at its methodology, conformance testing addresses the tested system as an isolated entity. Prior to real procurement on the other hand, network operators apply a set of modifications that make a system applicable to th... View full abstract»

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  • FPGA based implementation of a Hopfield neural network for solving constraint satisfaction problems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):688 - 693 vol.2
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    The paper discusses the implementation of Hopfield neural networks for solving constraint satisfaction problems using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). It discusses techniques for formulating such problems as discrete neural networks, and then it describes the N-Queen problem using this formulation. A prototype implementation of a number of different N-Queen problems is described and results... View full abstract»

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  • Process improvement by change of paradigm in an agriculture company

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):775 - 778 vol.2
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    Documents the process improvement of the Irsslinger company through the ESSI-21677 project (FLOWERPOWER) with its work performed and the experiences gained. In this paper, the objectives and the experiences of the process improvement experiment (PIE) in the company are described. In particular, the methods we used, the tools we introduced during the experiment and the problems we experienced in ge... View full abstract»

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  • A reuse-based software process based on domain analysis and OO framework

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):890 - 897 vol.2
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    We address two of the most critical steps of domain engineering: namely, the definition and analysis of a domain also known as domain analysis (DA) and the development of object oriented frameworks (OOF). It aims to demonstrate, based on experimentation, the adequacy of the combined use of DA and OOF techniques to capture domain knowledge in the design activities and facilitate the production of d... View full abstract»

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  • Multi-view specification of CSCW applications

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):484 - 491 vol.2
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    The paper deals with formal specification of the user interface layer for an audio-video conferencing tool. The used specification method is based on a combination of CADT (Concurrent Abstract Data Types) and DistTL (Distributed Temporal Logic). This combination allows to specify three views of an application: the architectural view, the view of the system and user behaviour and the view of data. ... View full abstract»

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  • A master-medium-based interactive synchronization control scheme for distributed multimedia systems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):506 - 513 vol.2
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    Providing VCR-like functions in distributed environments is not trivial, especially for multi-stream multimedia presentations, which may contain continuous media, e.g., audio and video, and static media, e.g., text and image. In this paper we: point out the main problems in interactive multimedia communications; propose some concepts to solve the problems; identify the control architecture for pro... View full abstract»

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  • Test tools for the Year 2000 challenges

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):830 - 837 vol.2
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    A successful conversion strategy for the Year 2000 problem should include an effective testing strategy that involves the use of automated tools. The paper first identifies the testing problems for the Year 2000 challenges and then presents a test tool classification based on the key stages of the test process. Commercial lest tools for the Year 2000 challenge are then reviewed. It is identified t... View full abstract»

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  • Bulk synchronous parallel without barriers

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):961 - 968 vol.2
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    BSP oriented runtime systems try to get closer actual machines to the BSP ideal machine by packing individual messages generated during a superstep and optimizing communication time by rearranging the order in which messages are sent at the end of the superstep. These design considerations strongly contribute to the remarkable accuracy of BSP runtime systems. Unfortunately, barrier synchronization... View full abstract»

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  • A novel neural network training technique based on a multi-algorithm constrained optimization strategy

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):683 - 687 vol.2
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    A novel methodology for efficient offline training of multilayer perceptrons (MLPs) is presented. The training is formulated as an optimization problem subject to box-constraints for the weights, so as to enhance the network's generalization capability. An optimization strategy is used combining variable metric, conjugate gradient and no-derivative pattern search methods that renders the training ... View full abstract»

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  • Software process improvement planning with neural networks

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):808 - 815 vol.2
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    Quality data about business processes in small software companies are analysed using neural network based tools. It is shown that this technology is powerful enough to: (a) identify “types” of businesses; (b) learn functions on overall performance dependent on specific quality parameters; and (c) identify “improvement steps”, i.e. which measures are most appropriate to achi... View full abstract»

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  • Process-product unification in a decentralized environment: a status report

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):769 - 774 vol.2
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    Process-product unification and decentralization when considered together reflect the actual behavior of software development organizations. These two concepts enable team members to switch between process and product activities easily, and empower them to take process definition, enactment and monitoring responsibility. We investigate the requirements of software development techniques and tools ... View full abstract»

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  • A fast metric approach to feature subset selection

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):733 - 736 vol.2
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    A simple approach to feature subset selection is proposed. During the training stage, the method selects the features that simultaneously minimize the within-class distance and maximize the between-class distance. Experiments performed on the Iris Plants Database and the Pima Indians Diabetes Database show that the approach is practical because it is fast and yet the correct classification rates a... View full abstract»

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  • A multi-tiered classification scheme for component retrieval

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):882 - 889 vol.2
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    Software reuse demands that existing components must be readily incorporated into new products. These components need to be suitably classified to enable efficient retrieval, and if necessary, adaption. Typically, four schemes have been previously employed: Tree Text, Enumerated, Attribute Value and Faceted classification. The individual classification schemes are unable to solve the problems asso... View full abstract»

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  • Some research projects on clusters of personal computers

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):XLVII - XLLIV vol.2
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    Clusters of personal computers are becoming a viable, low-cost, alternative to traditional high-performance computing platforms as well as to more expensive networks of workstations. This is due in part to the better performance/cost ratio that characterizes personal computer hardware and in part to the outcome of various research projects aimed at producing high-speed communication systems out of... View full abstract»

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  • Comparison between optical SCM systems for multimedia applications

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):536 - 543 vol.2
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    Multimedia services require high quality both of the signal and of the transmission systems. High performance must be achieved both in broadcasting services and in interactive ones, whose market is currently increasing throughout the world. There are several network architectures able to deliver high quality multimedia services: among these HFC systems are widely used. For example, in Italy SOCRAT... View full abstract»

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  • Modeling client/server interactions by means of dynamic systems

    Publication Year: 1998, Page(s):499 - 505 vol.2
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    The dynamic evolution of ecological systems in which predators and prey compete for survival has been investigated by applying suitable mathematical models. This kind of mathematical framework has been shown to be suited to describe evolution of economical systems as well, where instead of predators and prey there are consumers and resources. We believe that this kind of system, called dynamic sys... View full abstract»

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