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Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis

Technical Report
This paper presents some of the steps in an emerging architecture tradeoff analysis method (ATAM).
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-97-TR-029

Abstract

This paper presents some of the steps in an emerging architecture tradeoff analysis method (ATAM). The objective of the method is to provide a principled way to understand a software architecture's fitness with respect to multiple competing quality attributes: modifiability, security, performance, availability, and so forth. These attributes can interact or conflict—improving one often comes at the price of worsening one or more of the others, thus it is necessary to trade off among multiple software quality attributes at the time the software architecture of a system is specified, and before the system is developed. This report illustrates typical quality attribute models, analyses, and tradeoffs using a small real-time industrial application.

Cite This Technical Report

Barbacci, M., Feiler, P., Klein, M., Lipson, H., Longstaff, T., Weinstock, C., & Carriere, S. (1998, May 1). Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Retrieved July 25, 2024, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/.

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author={Barbacci, Mario and Feiler, Peter and Klein, Mark and Lipson, Howard and Longstaff, Thomas and Weinstock, Charles and Carriere, S.},
title={Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis},
month={May},
year={1998},
number={CMU/SEI-97-TR-029},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/},
note={Accessed: 2024-Jul-25}
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Barbacci, Mario, Peter Feiler, Mark Klein, Howard Lipson, Thomas Longstaff, Charles Weinstock, and S. Carriere. "Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis." (CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, May 1, 1998. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/.

M. Barbacci, P. Feiler, M. Klein, H. Lipson, T. Longstaff, C. Weinstock, and S. Carriere, "Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-029, 1-May-1998 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/. [Accessed: 25-Jul-2024].

Barbacci, Mario, Peter Feiler, Mark Klein, Howard Lipson, Thomas Longstaff, Charles Weinstock, and S. Carriere. "Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-029). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 May. 1998. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Barbacci, Mario; Feiler, Peter; Klein, Mark; Lipson, Howard; Longstaff, Thomas; Weinstock, Charles; & Carriere, S.. Steps in an Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method: Quality Attribute Models and Analysis. CMU/SEI-97-TR-029. Software Engineering Institute. 1998. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/steps-in-an-architecture-tradeoff-analysis-method-quality-attribute-models-and-analysis/