Graphical Trace Object (GTO) Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N68335-08-C-0248
Agency Tracking Number: N081-003-0706
Amount: $80,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2008
Solicitation Year: 2008
Solicitation Topic Code: N08-003
Solicitation Number: 2008.1
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
Business Contact
 Ray Teitelbaum
Title: CEO
Phone: (607) 273-7340
Research Institution
Development and maintenance of large software systems is a daunting task. A number of tools for simplifying the development process have been designed over the years. These include source-code browsers, debuggers, and profilers. However, despite all of these tools, software has become increasingly complex and bloated, and often exhibits poor performance despite exponential increases in processor speed. We believe that this is due to developers lacking a deep understanding of how their software operates, and that tools that are able to visualize complex software operations will help them gain key insights. We propose to explore the range of techniques that are necessary for building a tool for run-time visualization of objects and object interactions in C++ programs and to investigate the practical feasibility of these techniques. The research will span multiple areas of computer science touching on data visualization, user interfaces, run-time program monitoring, and static analysis. If the option is exercised, we propose to develop early prototypes for the techniques that show the best promise.

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