Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)


Computer and Information Science

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Martin L. Barrett

Committee Members

Don Bailes, John D. Chenoweth


The criticality of the applications modeled by the real-time software places stringent requirements on software quality before deploying into real use. Though automated test tools can be used to run a large number of tests efficiently, the functionality of any test tool is not complege without providing a means for analyzing the test results to determine potential problem sub-domains and sub-domains that need to be covered, and estimating the reliability of the modeled system.

This thesis outlines a solution strategy and implementation of that strategy for deriving quantitative metrics from domain testing of real-time control software tested via simulation. The key portion of this thesis addresses the combinatorial problems involved with effective evaluation of test coverage and provides the developer with reliability metrics from testing of the software to gain confidence in the test phase of development. The two approaches for reliability analysis- time domain and input domain approaches are studied and a hybrid approach that combines the strengths of both these approaches is proposed. A Reliability analysis Test Tool (RATT) has been developed to implement the proposed strategies. The results show that the metrics are practically feasible to compute and can be applied to most real-time software.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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