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A framework for the characterization and analysis of software systems scalability

de Cerqueira Leite Duboc, A.L.; (2010) A framework for the characterization and analysis of software systems scalability. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

The term scalability appears frequently in computing literature, but it is a term that is poorly defined and poorly understood. It is an important attribute of computer systems that is frequently asserted but rarely validated in any meaningful, systematic way. The lack of a consistent, uniform and systematic treatment of scalability makes it difficult to identify and avoid scalability problems, clearly and objectively describe the scalability of software systems, evaluate claims of scalability, and compare claims from different sources. This thesis provides a definition of scalability and describes a systematic framework for the characterization and analysis of software systems scalability. The framework is comprised of a goal-oriented approach for describing, modeling and reasoning about scalability requirements, and an analysis technique that captures the dependency relationships that underlie typical notions of scalability. The framework is validated against a real-world data analysis system and is used to recast a number of examples taken from the computing literature and from industry in order to demonstrate its use across different application domains and system designs.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:A framework for the characterization and analysis of software systems scalability
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language:English

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