Visualization and Evolution of Software Architectures

Authors Taimur Khan, Henning Barthel, Achim Ebert, Peter Liggesmeyer

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Taimur Khan
Henning Barthel
Achim Ebert
Peter Liggesmeyer

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Taimur Khan, Henning Barthel, Achim Ebert, and Peter Liggesmeyer. Visualization and Evolution of Software Architectures. In Visualization of Large and Unstructured Data Sets: Applications in Geospatial Planning, Modeling and Engineering - Proceedings of IRTG 1131 Workshop 2011. Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 27, pp. 25-42, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2012)


Software systems are an integral component of our everyday life as we find them in tools and embedded in equipment all around us. In order to ensure smooth, predictable, and accurate operation of these systems, it is crucial to produce and maintain systems that are highly reliable. A well-designed and well-maintained architecture goes a long way in achieving this goal. However, due to the intangible and often complex nature of software architecture, this task can be quite complicated. The field of software architecture visualization aims to ease this task by providing tools and techniques to examine the hierarchy, relationship, evolution, and quality of architecture components. In this paper, we present a discourse on the state of the art of software architecture visualization techniques. Further, we highlight the importance of developing solutions tailored to meet the needs and requirements of the stakeholders involved in the analysis process.
  • Software architecture visualization
  • software comprehension
  • software maintenance
  • software evolution
  • human perception


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