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Conquering Complexity

Editors: Hinchey, Mike, Coyle, Lorcan (Eds.)

  • Significant insights into sources and causes of complexity
  • Significant contributions towards controlling complexity authored by world-class authorities
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  • With exclusive Foreword by Sir Roger Penrose
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Software has long been perceived as complex, at least within Software Engineering circles. We have been living in a recognised state of crisis since the first NATO Software Engineering conference in 1968. Time and again we have been proven unable to engineer reliable software as easily/cheaply as we imagined. Cost overruns and expensive failures are the norm.

The problem is fundamentally one of complexity: software is fundamentally complex because it must be precise. Problems that appear to be specified quite easily in plain language become far more complex when written in a more formal notation, such as computer code. Comparisons with other engineering disciplines are deceptive. One cannot easily increase the factor of safety of software in the same way that one could in building a steel structure, for example. Software is typically built assuming perfection, often without adequate safety nets in case the unthinkable happens. In such circumstances it should not be surprising to find out that (seemingly) minor errors have the potential to cause entire software systems to collapse.

The goal of this book is to uncover techniques that will aid in overcoming complexity and enable us to produce reliable, dependable computer systems that will operate as intended, and yet are produced on-time, in budget, and are evolvable, both over time and at run time. We hope that the contributions in this book will aid in understanding the nature of software complexity and provide guidance for the control or avoidance of complexity in the engineering of complex software systems.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • The Many Faces of Complexity in Software Design

    Fiadeiro, José Luiz

    Pages 3-47

  • Simplicity and Complexity in Programs and Systems

    Jackson, Michael

    Pages 49-72

  • Conquering Complexity

    Holzmann, Gerard J.

    Pages 75-84

  • Separating Safety and Control Systems to Reduce Complexity

    Wassyng, Alan (et al.)

    Pages 85-102

  • Conquering System Complexity

    Schneidewind, Norman F.

    Pages 103-119

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Conquering Complexity
Editors
  • Mike Hinchey
  • Lorcan Coyle
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-2297-5
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-2297-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-2296-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5826-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 468
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