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International Workshop on
Evolution of Large-scale Industrial Software Applications (ELISA)
Tuesday, 23 September 2003
Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Co-located with the IEEE
International Conference on Software Maintenance (ICSM 2003)
Sponsored by FWO Scientific Research Network Foundations of Software
ESF Research Network Research Links to
Explore and Advance Software Evolution (RELEASE).
A characteristic of software that addresses real-world applications is the inevitable need to be changed and enhanced -- that is, evolved -- if it is to remain satisfactory to its stakeholders. However, implementing such evolution reliably and predictably over the long life span of a software system poses many organisational, process-related, and technical challenges. These include the tendency of complexity to increase as changes accumulate, the feedback-system nature of the software evolution process, and the difficulty to predict the need for, and estimate the full impact of, software change.
Within the research community, the term software evolution is
increasingly being used to describe the phenomena of software change,
maintenance, and evolution. Such changes to software systems tend to be
progressive and incremental; they are driven, in part, by a learning
process in which feedback from users and other stakeholders plays a vital
role. Surveys suggest that in practice, and over the lifetime of a system,
incremental change of software artefacts driven by continual changes of
requirements consumes more resources than the development of their first
operational release. Software evolution is and will continue to be of major
economic and social importance.
Issues of largeness compound the challenges to achieve disciplined software
evolution, however largeness is defined. Large-scale industrial systems generally consists of numerous software artefacts that need
to be evolved in a harmonious fashion, a change request flow that surpasses
the implementation rate, and the involvement of several teams
implementing the evolution. Typical examples of large-scale systems include
air traffic control systems, popular PC operating systems, and telephone
switch software. The challenges posed by the continual evolution of these
and similar systems clearly surpass the current state-of-the-art.
The problems of evolving software are further compounded by the growing use and integration of mobile, distributed, and embedded systems, some of them built from off-the-shelf or open source components that also are subject to evolution pressures. The dependence of organisations and society on evolving software makes the search for solutions to the fundamental problems of software evolution more urgent than ever.
Presentations and discussions in this workshop
are expected to contribute to the establishment of a research agenda in the
field that combines processes, methods, tools and techniques for the implementation of
evolution (the how) with the results of empirical studies of the
phenomenon (the what and the why).
The goal of this workshop is to achieve a deeper and wider insight into the
problems posed by the evolution of large-scale industrial software systems
and the possible technological and managerial solutions, from both an academic and an industrial point of view. Participation will be based on a submitted paper. All groups and individual practitioners and researchers with an interest in software evolution are invited to submit
either a position paper or a full paper.
Contributions that address one or several of the following topics are particularly encouraged:
- Innovative solutions to the issues of largeness, complexity, scalability and configuration control in software including agile, extreme, distributed, collaborative and non-standard evolution processes
- Benchmarks for evaluation of software evolution methods, processes and tools
- Empirical studies of evolving software, including: metrics and metrics-based models of software evolution; estimation techniques for evolving software; the economics of software evolution
- Evolution of open source and COTS software: processes, tools and techniques
- Taxonomies and classification of software, processes and software evolution activities
Two kinds of submissions are invited:
All types of software and software applications will be of relevance for the discussion in the workshop. Issues related to the evolution of all kinds of software artefacts are relevant to the
workshop, including requirement specifications, architecture and design,
models, and - of course - source and executable code.
- Research papers that focus on techniques, formalisms,
methods and tools that aim to measure, analyse, plan, manage, control,
or support the evolution of large-scale industrial software systems.
- Experience papers that report on industrial experience
with the evolution of large-scale software systems. This includes good
practice, lessons learned, analysis of failures and successes.
Participants will be invited on the basis of either an position paper of maximum 6 pages, or a full paper of maximum 12 pages in A4-format.
The paper should be sent by e-mail in PDF or PostScript format to Tom Mens (tommens (a) vub.ac.be). The body of the e-mail should clearly include the authors' names,
addresses, affiliations, the kind of submission (position or full paper; research or experience paper), and the paper's title.
All submissions will be subject to an independent peer-review process, and feedback will be given to the authors. Authors of accepted submissions will be invited to participate in the workshop. All accepted position papers will be made available from the workshop's
website. Participants are strongly encouraged to read these papers before
The workshop will start with an invited presentation by Susan Elliott Sim about the use of benchmarks for software evolution.
From all submitted papers, a limited number will be selected for
oral presentation during a plenary session. The selection will be made
based on those contributions that have the highest potential for
generating issues that can stimulate the discussions.
After a discussion on the issues raised during the presentations,
participants will divide into groups to discuss a number of important
questions. By the end of the day, each group will report its findings to
the other participants during a final plenary session. Based on these
results, a workshop report will be distilled and made available on the
Workshop pre-prints containing all the accepted workshop papers will be
distributed to all participants during the workshop. These pre-prints will
also be made available from the workshop's website. Additionally, a
summary of the workshop will be distilled and be made available as a
After the workshop, all full papers will undergo a selection process for inclusion in a journal special issue. The best papers will be independently re-reviewed and considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution. Therefore, the authors of these selected papers will be asked to revise and extend their papers, based on the comments received from the reviewers, as well as the comments received during the workshop.
After an independent round of peer-reviewing, a camera-ready copy of the accepted papers has to be prepared for publication in the Journal special issue.
May 24, 2003: Submission of workshop papers
June 28, 2003: Notification of workshop acceptance
August 29, 2003: Deadline for revised submissions
September 23, 2003: Date of the workshop
October 31, 2003: Notification of selected papers for journal special issue, together with suggestions for major or minor revisions
January 5, 2004: Submission of camera-ready papers
- Tom Mens,
Programming Technology Lab,
Departement Informatica, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium
Godfrey, School of Computer Science,
University of Waterloo, Canada
- Juan F.
Department, Faculty of Maths and Computing, The Open University,
- Brian Down,
Sun Microsystems Inc., Ontario, Canada
- Serge Demeyer, University of Antwerp, Belgium
- Guenter Kniesel, University of Bonn, Germany
- Manny Lehman, University of Middlesex, United Kingdom
- Kim Mens, Universitť catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- Vaclav Rajlich, Wayne State University, Detroit, USA
- Harvey Siy, Lucent Technologies, Illinois, USA
- Arie Van Deursen, CWI, The Netherlands
Susan Elliott Sim, University of Toronto, Canada. Benchmarking: The Way Forward for Software Evolution.
In her PhD thesis, Susan Elliott Sim developed a theory of benchmarking in software engineering. The theory explains the observed benefits of benchmarking in scientific
disciplines, where benchmarking efforts have led to a great leap forward
in research and increased consensus on the nature of the problems and
approaches used within a research community. The theory predicts that
benchmarking can be used to generate greater consensus, and increase the
scientific maturity of a research field. Susan has developed two benchmarks,
which are now widely used in the reverse engineering community, the xfig
structured demonstration for program comprehension tools, and CppETS for
C++ fact extractors. Susan also played an instrumental role in the
development of GXL (Graph eXchange Language), a data interchange language
for reverse engineering tools. GXL has been ratified as the standard
exchange format in the reverse engineering and graph transformation
communities. Susan has held research fellowships with Sun Microsystems,
IBM Canada Centre for Advanced Studies, Telepresence Systems Inc. and the
National Research Council (Canada). She has published widely in the reverse
engineering community, and has organized a series of workshops and structured
demonstrations on comparative evaluation and benchmarking. Her research
interests include research methodology, program comprehension, and software
process for small business.
ABOUT THE ORGANISERS
Tom Mens is a
postdoctoral fellow of the Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders
(Belgium) since October 2000 and is associated as a computer science
researcher to the Programming Technology Lab of the Vrije Universiteit
Brussel. He has published several articles on the use of formal techniques
for improving support for software evolution. In 1999 he obtained his PhD
on this research topic. He co-founded, and is currently co-ordinating two
international research networks on Software Evolution. In this context he
co-organised several international workshops. In the international
programme (European Masters in Object-Oriented Software Engineering) he
gives an advanced course on object-oriented software evolution.
Godfrey is an assistant professor in the School of Computer
Science at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada) where he holds an
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Telecommunications Software Engineering,
sponsored by Nortel Networks. He is a member of the Software Architecture
Group (SWAG) at UW, and his research
interests include software evolution, patterns of software change, software
architecture, and program comprehension.
Juan F. Ramil
is a Lecturer at the Computing Dept., The Open University, Milton Keynes, U.K.
From 1996 to 2001 he worked as a researcher at the Dept. of Computing,
Imperial College, London (FEAST projects). His current
research interests include models and metrics for the planning and
management of software evolution. He has been co-author of some 40 publications.
He is a member of the M880 Software Engineering course team, part of the CCI
postgraduate program, at The Open University and a committee member of the
Requirements Engineering Specialist Group (RESG) of the British Computer Society.
Brian Down has been with Sun Microsystems for four years and currently
holds the position of Chief Architect for Enterprise Migration - Americas,
for the Data Centre Solutions practice inside Sun Professional Services.
In this capacity, he captures and develops IP and best practices for
the Sun PS field relating to the migration of large software systems from
competitive operating environments to Sun/Solaris.
Brian has an MSc in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (UT) and
has more than 20 years of industry experience which includes research
positions at UT's Department of Computer Science and IMAX Corporation. He has lectured at UT, given numerous talks at conferences and
delivered many technical presentations to large customer audiences.
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Explore and Advance Software Evolution (RELEASE) this workshop is
jointly sponsored by the Fund for Scientific
Research - Flanders (Belgium) and by the European Science Foundation.