The aim of COSMOS is to introduce metrics in the early specification and design phase of the software lifecycle.
For improving software management and raising software quality and productivity, better information systems for monitoring the development process are needed. Quantitative information about software objects and the development process (software metrics as they are called) have been studied and found especially suited.
The COSMOS tool provides and OPEN environment for using metrics to support the software specification, design, build and test process.
COSMOS has been developed to a complete metrics environment, offering data collection tools for different programming languages, facilities for interfacing with external metrics tools, metrics data exchange facilities, a database for metrics storage, graphical analysis capabilities and reporting and plotting facilities. All these features bring complete support for metrics data collection and metrics usage.
The basic concept is to monitor software attributes during development, from an early development phase onwards. This concept was further developed during the project and we found many similarities with Statistical Process Control (SPC); a well known industrial mechanism.
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