A Predictive Approach to Eliminating Errors in Software Code
- Created: Sunday, 01 January 2006
NASA's Metrics Data Program Data Repository is a database that stores problem, product, and metrics data. The primary goal of this data repository is to provide project data to the software community. In doing so, the Metrics Data Program collects artifacts from a large NASA dataset, generates metrics on the artifacts, and then generates reports that are made available to the public at no cost. The data that are made available to general users have been sanitized and authorized for publication through the Metrics Data Program Web site by officials representing the projects from which the data originated.
By extending its data to public users, the facility has helped improve the safety, reliability, and quality of complex software systems throughout private industry and other government agencies. Integrated Software Metrics, Inc., is one of the organizations that has benefited from studying the metrics data. As a result, the company has evolved into a leading developer of innovative software-error prediction tools that help organizations deliver better softwareâ€”on time and on budget.
Since 2002, Integrated Software Metrics has not only studied NASA’s metrics data, but has contributed to the maturation of the Agency’s Metrics Data Program, through a contract with Galaxy Global Corporation, Inc.; both Integrated Software Metrics and Galaxy Global reside nearby the IV&V Facility in Fairmont. This contract enabled Integrated Software Metrics to work together with Glenn Research Center to generate metrics for the Metrics Data Program’s data repository. NASA is now leveraging what was learned from this collaboration to better identify error-prone computer code and, hence, assure mission success.
Commercially, Integrated Software Metrics has tapped into everything it has learned from its partnership with NASA to create a new, artificially intelligent product suite called Predictive. Prior to introducing the software to market, the company tested it on very large NASA software projects consisting of over a million lines of computer code, in order to ensure its efficacy.
The Integrated Software Metrics Predictive suite of software products predicts where errors will occur in software code. Such a capability enables users to uncover any errors in the early stages of software development, thus saving time and money.