November 2017: Software Reliability (Lance Fiondella)

Speaker: Lance Fiondella
Date: Tuesday – November 21, 2017
Agenda: 6:00-6:45 Networking, FREE PIZZA and Roundtables
6:45-7:00 Opening Announcements
7:00-8:20 Featured Presentation
8:20-8:30 Closing Announcements
Who’s Invited: Everyone (industry, government, academia)
Location: The MITRE Corporation
Building S
202 Burlington Rd. (Rt. 62)
Bedford, MA 01730
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Featured Presentation: Software Reliability

The past decade has seen a sharp rise in the number of software intensive systems acquired by the Department of Defense. While hardware has enjoyed significant gains in reliability, many DoD systems attribute 50-90% of system failures to software. Thus, software plays a disproportionate role in system unreliability, severely detracting from mission effectiveness targets. Software unreliability also poses threats to cyber security. The need for software reliability models and tools that can aid organizations to quantitatively measure and predict the reliability and security improvement of software is therefore widespread.

This talk will present the open source Software Failure and Reliability Assessment Tool (SFRAT) to assess software reliability and security during Developmental Test and Evaluation. The SFRAT can be applied after software testing has begun and failure data is being collected. This tool will support earlier and more frequent oversight to better manage schedule and cost risk during the Defense Acquisition Process.

The code for these tools is both free and open source, meaning that information assurance officials within DoD, FFRDCs (Federally Funded Research and Development Centers), and the defense contractor community can easily verify the integrity of the code for use on their networks. The SFRAT is presently being used to track the reliability of software for Navy programs including the Unmanned System Common Control System (CCS) and Space Fence for the Air Force. The talk will also discuss challenges that must be overcome to ensure the effective application of these tools in support of program success.

About the Speaker

Lance Fiondella is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He received his PhD (2012) in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Connecticut. During summer 2014, he was a Visiting Researcher at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory Vehicle Technology Directorate in Aberdeen Proving Ground. In 2016, he was an Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Fellow in the Reliability and Maintainability Division at the Naval Air Systems Command in Patuxent River. Since 2017, he is a Research Affiliate of the Operational Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses.