CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

The Development of Reliable Metrics to Measure the Efficiency of Object-Oriented Dispatching using Ada 95 a High-Level Language implementing Hard-Deadline Real-time Programming

Date of Award

2002

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Michael J. Laszlo

Committee Member

Robert B. Lipton

Committee Member

David A. Cook

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to produce a metric to accurately capture the effects of real time dispatching using object-oriented (00) programming applied in the maintenance phase of the life cycle of hard, real-time systems. The hypothesis presented is that object-oriented programming constructs can be applied in a manner that will have beneficial life-cycle maintenance effects while avoiding adverse timing side effects. This study will use complexity measures instruments that will calculate the Cyciomatic Complexity. This study will examine the dispatching time of each program, and utilize utilities to calculate the number of machine cycles for each program component. Coding techniques will be presented for various program design dilemmas, which examine the object-oriented dispatching features.

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