Requirements Analysis for Engineering Computation: A Systematic Approach for Improving Reliability

Requirements Analysis for Engineering Computation: A Systematic Approach for Improving Reliability This paper argues that the reliability of engineering computation can be significantly improved by adopting software engineering methodologies for requirements analysis and specification. The argument centers around the fact that the only way to judge the reliability of a system is by comparison to a specification of the requirements. This paper also points to methods for documenting the requirements. In particular, a requirements template is proposed for specifying engineering computation software. To make the mathematical specification easily understandable by all stakeholders, the requirements documentation employs the technique of using tabular expressions. To clarify the presentation, this paper includes a case study of the documentation for a system for analyzing statically determinant beams. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Reliable Computing Springer Journals

Requirements Analysis for Engineering Computation: A Systematic Approach for Improving Reliability

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Publisher
Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright
Copyright © 2007 by Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Subject
Mathematics; Numeric Computing; Mathematical Modeling and Industrial Mathematics; Approximations and Expansions; Computational Mathematics and Numerical Analysis
ISSN
1385-3139
eISSN
1573-1340
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11155-006-9020-7
Publisher site
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Abstract

This paper argues that the reliability of engineering computation can be significantly improved by adopting software engineering methodologies for requirements analysis and specification. The argument centers around the fact that the only way to judge the reliability of a system is by comparison to a specification of the requirements. This paper also points to methods for documenting the requirements. In particular, a requirements template is proposed for specifying engineering computation software. To make the mathematical specification easily understandable by all stakeholders, the requirements documentation employs the technique of using tabular expressions. To clarify the presentation, this paper includes a case study of the documentation for a system for analyzing statically determinant beams.

Journal

Reliable ComputingSpringer Journals

Published: Nov 22, 2006

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