Advanced Test Automation for Complex Software-Intensive Systems

The ATAC (Advanced Test Automation for Complex Software-Intensive Systems) project addresses the problem of automated testing of complex and highly configurable software intensive systems. Such systems can be configured for different operation environments and are typically found in the application domains of telecom, automotive, railway, and production systems. Because of the complex design and configuration space of these systems, quality assurance techniques such as verification and testing become more complex, more time-consuming, and more expensive. As a consequence, quality assurance needs to be performed earlier, more frequently, and in a more automated fashion than in traditional development processes.

The ATAC consortium, with 43 partners from industry and research, aims at developing, enhancing, and deploying high performance methods and tools for quality assurance of large and distributed software-intensive systems. This will be done in industry-focused and case study-driven ways in the application domains of the industrial partners. The ATAC method providers will develop solutions for the automated testing of complex, highly configurable software-intensive systems. The tool providers in ATAC will integrate these solutions into tool chains for automated testing, which will be continuously evaluated in the industrial case studies by setting up a systematic measurement program. The output will be packaged into a set of expressive demonstrators. The Swedish ATAC consortium consists of Bombardier Transportation, CrossControl, Ericsson, Swedish Institute of Computers Science (SICS), and Mälardalen University (MDH).

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