Characterizing essential and incidental complexity in software architectures

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Abstract

This paper reports results from an experimental case study that seeks to characterize essential and incidental complexity in the design of a complex software product using design structure matrices (DSMs). A DSM captures structural dependencies among the modules and can be used to identify parts of a system that lack cohesion and/or are highly coupled. We consider such parts as excessively complex. In the case study, we capture the complexity of an Internetbased collaborative system as it was originally designed and after it was redesigned using an architecture-centric development methodology. We find significant reduction in excessive complexity of the redesigned system suggesting that excessive complexity can be an incidental byproduct of a development methodology that lacks focus on the systemic properties of a system that strongly influence its architecture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009
Pages265-268
Number of pages4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2009
Event2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Sep 14 2009Sep 17 2009

Publication series

Name2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009

Other

Other2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityCambridge
Period9/14/099/17/09

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Software

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Sangwan, R. S., & Neill, C. (2009). Characterizing essential and incidental complexity in software architectures. In 2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009 (pp. 265-268). [5290816] (2009 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA/ECSA 2009). https://doi.org/10.1109/WICSA.2009.5290816