Configuration Complexity: A Layered based Configuration Repository Architecture for Conflicts Identification

Research paper published in GJCST volume 10, 2010.

An unstable product configures if conflicts are not identified or identified in the late phases of software product configuration so an approach is required to capture these conflicts in earlier stage. We proposed a Layered based configuration repository (shared) architecture that reduces the configuration complexity by capturing conflicts (Requirements conflicts, features conflicts, decision conflicts) at earlier stage to reduce the configuration complexity.

A “Product Configuration Tool” (PCT) is developed to support the proposed architecture. PCT has two views one for the population of configuration repository and other for the product derivation. Business pattern data of an ERP system is used to validate the repository architecture and its supportive tool.

Future directions include the integration of architecture with existing feature analysis tools and Extend the interface to visualize the model and Enable Architecture to support distributed repository.

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