Software Design Visualization

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911QX-06-C-0109
Agency Tracking Number: O053-SP1-2137
Amount: $99,896.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD05-SP1
Solicitation Number: 2005.3
Small Business Information
1715 Pratt Drive, Suite 2820, Blacksburg, VA, 24060
DUNS: 016442399
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Marc Abrams
 President & CEO
 (540) 951-5901
Business Contact
 Pallabi Saboo
Title: VP, Product Management & Marketing
Phone: (540) 951-5915
Research Institution
We propose developing the Software Analysis through Visual Extraction (SAVE) tool, a visual programming and architecture plugin to Harmonia's Legacy Analysis Workbench (LAW). SAVE is specifically targeted at providing new functionality to model, visualize, and extract design artifacts and architectural components from complex, mixed language software. SAVE is designed to help developers extract design artifacts such as those required for compliance with the DoD (or C4ISR) Architecture Framework. The result of this extraction will be analyzed and organized by SAVE so that the developer can gain higher understanding and see immediately the impact of architectural changes to the execution of the system. The software is modeled behind the scenes in platform-independent XML, allowing us to design visualizations for the modeling language and to apply them to multiple implementation langugages. Our model is constructed by either translating existing software in mixed legacy languages into the XML modeling language, or building the model from scratch via interactive visualizations. Metrics are identified for evaluation. For this Phase I, specific SAVE visualizations are chosen to fit the needs of the sponsor, but the SAVE architecture is specifically designed to allow new visualizations to be developed and inserted at will.

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