WIT Press


Quality Management Procedures In The Development Of Scientific Numerical Software

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SQM940101

Volume

8

Pages

14

Published

1994

Size

1,310 kb

Author(s)

M.F. Niven, D.F. Cowell & M.K. Patel

Abstract

Quality management procedures in the development of scientific numerical software M.F. Niven, D.F. Cowell & M.K. Patel Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis, University of Greenwich, London, SE18 ABSTRACT This paper reviews the current situation relating to the use of software quality management systems (QMS) within the numerical software sector of the British software industry. The special features and constraints that characterise numerical programs are described together with a portrait of a typical company in this field. A survey of numeric software developers has been conducted to gauge typical levels of quality awareness and QMS implementation compared to other sectors of the software industry. Based on the survey findings, perceived problems and misconceptions are addressed and possible ways forward are discussed. Wider issues such as product liability and secondary safety aspects are also raised, together with what may happen to developers who cho

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