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Software Archeology: A Case Study in Software Quality Assurance and Design

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Cameron J. Turner

Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO

John M. MacDonald, Jane A. Lloyd

Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM

Paper No. DETC2009-86776, pp. 1351-1362; 12 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 29th Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • San Diego, California, USA, August 30–September 2, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4899-9 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3856-3
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Ideally, quality is designed into software, just as quality is designed into hardware. However, when dealing with legacy systems, demonstrating that the software meets required quality standards may be difficult to achieve. Evolving customer needs, expressed by new operational requirements, resulted in the need to develop a legacy software quality assurance program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This need led to the development of a reverse engineering approach referred to as software archaeology. This paper documents the software archaeology approaches used at LANL to demonstrate the software quality in legacy software systems. A case study for the Robotic Integrated Packaging System (RIPS) software is included to describe our approach.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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