Software System Reliability Analysis

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-07-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number: O064-SP4-2026
Amount: $99,996.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2006
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD06-SP4
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
317 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca, NY, 14850
DUNS: 603978321
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael McDougall
 Senior Scientist
 (607) 273-7340
 mcdougall@grammatech.com
Business Contact
 Ray Teitelbaum
Title: CEO Chairman
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Email: tt@grammatech.com
Research Institution
 UNIV. OF WEST VIRGINIA
 Tim Menzies
 Lane Department of Computer Sc, P.O. Box 6109
Morgantown, WV, 26506 6109
 (304) 293-0405
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Reliability is a crucial characteristic in safety-critical systems, yet it can only be measured late in the software development process when changes are difficult and costly. We propose a framework for estimating the risk of software that can be applied early in the software development life-cycle. This framework will use 21st century source code metrics--derived from advanced static analysis and symbolic simulation--coupled with machine learning techniques to identify software modules that are likely to contain faults. It also uses static analysis techniques to estimate the severity of a fault in a module. This framework will enable engineers to predict and resolve costly reliability problems long before the software is subject to system tests or deployment, allowing risks to be mitigated or eliminated early in the software development life-cycle.

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