An approach to operating system testing

R. N. Sum, R. H. Campbell, W. J. Kubitz

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To ensure the reliability and performance of a new system, it must be verified or validated in some manner. Currently, testing is the only reasonable technique available for doing this. Part of this testing process is the high-level system test. This paper considers system testing with respect to operating systems and, in particular, UNIX. This consideration results in the development and presentation of a good approach to the development and performance of the system test. The approach includes derivations from the system specifications and ideas for management of the system testing project. Results of applying the approach to the IBM System/9000 XENIX operating system test and the development of a UNIX test suite are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-284
Number of pages12
JournalThe Journal of Systems and Software
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Information Systems
  • Hardware and Architecture


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