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AMPLE: Aspect-Oriented, Model-Driven, Product Line Engineering

Objective

The aim of this project is to provide a Software Product Line (SPL) development methodology that offers improved modularisation of variations, their holistic treatment across the software lifecycle and maintenance of their (forward and backward) traceability during SPL evolution. Currently, there is a big gap between research in requirements analysis, architectural modelling and implementation technology, and the industrial practice in SPL engineering. Furthermore, the focus tends to be on the design and code level when variations need to be identified, managed and analysed from the very early stage of requirements engineering. Architecture models are related to requirements models in an ad-hoc fashion and implementation tends to rely on pre-processors which are inadequate substitute for proper programming language support for variability. Nor is there any systematic traceability framework for relating variations across a SPL engineering lifecycle.

Aspect-Oriented Software Development (AOSD) can improve the way in which software is modularised, localising its variability in independent aspects as well as improving the definition of complex configuration logic to customise SPLs. Model-Driven Development (MDD) can help to express concerns as a set of models without technical details and support traceability of the high-level requirements and variations through model transformations.

AMPLE will combine AOSD and MDD techniques to not only address variability at each stage in the SPL engineering lifecycle but also manage variations in associated artefacts such as requirements documents. Furthermore, it aims to bind the variation points in various development stages and dimensions into a coherent variability framework across the life cycle thus providing effective forward and backward traceability of variations and their impact. This makes it possible to develop resilient yet adaptable SPL architectures for exploitation in industrial SPL engineering processes.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
Address
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom

Participants (9)

ASSOCIATION POUR LA RECHERCHE ET LE DEVELOPPEMENT DES METHODES ET PROCESSUS INDUSTRIELS
France
Address
Boulevard Saint-michel 60
75272 Paris 6
ECOLE NATIONALE SUPERIEURE DES TECHNIQUES INDUSTRIELLES ET DES MINES DE NANTES
France
Address
Departement Informatique
44307 Nantes
FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Ffct - Universidade Nova Lisboa, Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica
HOLOS - SOLUCOES AVANCADAS EM TECNOLOGIAS DE INFORMACAO LDA
Portugal
Address
Parque De Ciencas E Tecnologia De Almada, Quinta Da Torre
2829-516 Caparica, Almada
SAP AG
Germany
Address
Dietmar Hopp Allee 16
Walldorf
SIEMENS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Wittelbacherplatz 2
80333 Munchen
Technische Universitaet Darmstadt
Germany
Address
Hochschulstrasse 4A
64289 Darmstadt
UNIVERSIDAD DE MALAGA
Spain
Address
Calle El Ejido S/n - Edificio Rectorado
Malaga
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE*
Netherlands
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede