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Tariq King :: Blog :: Project Proposal for IBM China Research Lab

March 22, 2008

Supervisor’s Name and Title at FIU/FAU: 
Dr. Peter J. Clarke, Assistant Professor

Name of the PIRE International Partner’s Institution: 
IBM China Research Lab

Supervisor’s Name and Title at the PIRE International Partner’s Institution:
Jun Zhu, Research Staff Member and Manager, Service Building Technology

Project Title: 
Business Constraint Based Testing Generation

Problem Statement:
Test Planning is a very important step of the software testing process. How to develop an optimized test plan that can help identify as much problems as possible becomes a challenging problem under the assumption that the testing process actually comes with business constraints (resource, time, cost and etc).  In this joint study project, the above problem will be explored and an algorithm will be developed to study how critical test planning decisions should be made under a set of predefined business constraints (resource, time, cost and etc). The algorithm will help achieve the lowest level of risk after the test execution.

Motivation and Impact:   
Testing planning has been a long studied problem in academic area, while few usable technologies have been successfully developed and deployed to the commercial tools. This study will help us identify the key problem and point out future direction.

Current Status:
Tariq M. King, the FIU PIRE participant that will be involved in this project, has been working on developing dynamic test planning strategies for autonomic computing systems. Some preliminary investigations were conducted during the REU Summer 2007 program, related to planning test execution based on current resource utilization. 

Research Roadmap:
• Milestone1 / 2008-05-30 / Study report of academic & commercial products
• Milestone2 / 2008-06-30 / Develop of the storyboard & algorithms
• Milestone3 / 2008-07-30 / Experiment and paper writing

Relation to PIRE Core Research Projects:
This project fits into the PIRE theme “Autonomic Resource Management”.  The outlined problem involves developing an optimized plan given business constraints such as resources, time, and cost. Although the project will target test planning, the algorithms and results produced from this undertaking can be used to enhance autonomic planning and resource management.

Keywords: Constraints, Resource, Testing

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