Architecture-oriented visualization

Mohlalefi Sefika, Aamod Sane, Roy H. Campbell

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Tracking the changing dynamics of object-oriented frameworks[5], design patterns[7], architectural styles[8], and subsystems during the development and reuse cycle can aid producing complex systems. Unfortunately, current object-oriented programming tools are relatively oblivious to the rich architectural abstractions in a system. This paper shows that architecture-oriented visualization, the graphical presentation of system statics and dynamics in terms of its architectural abstractions, is highly beneficial in designing complex systems. In addition, the paper presents architecture-aware instrumentation, a new technique for building efficient on-line instrumentation to support architectural queries. We demonstrate the effectiveness and performance of the scheme with case studies in the design of the Choices object-oriented operating system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-405
Number of pages17
JournalSIGPLAN Notices (ACM Special Interest Group on Programming Languages)
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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