Nenad Medvidovic, Paul Grünbacher, Alexander Egyed,
"Stemming Architectural Erosion by Coupling Architectural Discovery and Recovery"
: STRAW’03: Second International SofTware Requirements to Architectures Workshop at ICSE 2003, Portland, Oregon, 2003
Stemming Architectural Erosion by Coupling Architectural Discovery and Recovery
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STRAW’03: Second International SofTware Requirements to Architectures Workshop at ICSE 2003
Ideally, a software project commences with requirements gathering and specification, reaches its major milestone with system implementation and delivery, and then continues, possibly indefinitely, into an operation and maintenance phase. The software system’s architecture is in many ways the linchpin of this process: it is supposed to be an effective reification of the system’s requirements and to be faithfully reflected in the system’s implementation. Furthermore, the architecture is meant to guide system evolution, while also being updated in the process. However, in reality developers frequently deviate from the architecture, causing architectural erosion, a phenomenon in which the initial architecture of an application is (arbitrarily) modified to the point where its key properties no longer hold. In this paper, we present an approach intended to address the problem of architectural erosion by combining three complementary activities. Our approach assumes that a given system’s requirements and implementation are available, while the architecturally-relevant information either does not exist, is incomplete, or is unreliable. We combine techniques for architectural discovery from system requirements and architectural recovery from system implementations; we then leverage architectural styles to identify and reconcile any mismatches between the discovered and recovered architectural models. While promising, the approach presented in the paper is a work in progress and we discuss a number of remaining research challenges.