The collective experience of IT companies confirms that the maintenance of large, compound software systems consisting of several million lines of code and complex architectures requires quite a large amount of resources. In most of the cases, these maintenance and further development costs are significantly higher than the costs of the initial development. The most significant part of these resources is consumed mainly by testing, bug-fixing, the implementation of newly encountered business requirements, and adaptation to changing environments. The continuous code change results in an unavoidable quality decay, and the only possibility to increase the useful life-cycle of the product is to try to moderate the quality decrease rate.
One of the primary strategic goals of the Department is to produce tools and technologies usable in real life scenarios for the mitigation of such quality decay, starting from prevention during initial development, quality assessment in the case of existing systems, as well as their improvement. Our R&D activities in this domain range from static code analysis to traditional testing and test optimization to product-based quality assurance (code quality measurement and improvement through refactoring), and to process-based quality assurance (process maturity assessment and improvement).
To promote related activities of other researchers and practitioners, and to support open research, some central parts of our source code analysis technology are available as open source through the OpenStaticAnalyzer project.
Our spin-off company, FrontEndART Ltd., offers products and services related to software quality based on the research and development results of the Department.
Testing is inevitably one of the most important instruments to software quality assessment (and, indirectly, improvement), and for many companies, quality-related efforts are limited to the traditional testing activities. Various research showed that often a significant portion of the total project costs (20-60%) is spent on testing, but the question is how efficiently these resources are used.
The Department has a notable experience in traditional and more advanced software testing methods, approaches, and tools and is conducting R&D in various related fields, ranging from scientific research to industrial testing projects. Several staff members hold official professional certificates as software testers on Foundation and Advanced levels according to the ISTQB scheme. We also offer related training services to organizations and individuals.
Specific areas in software testing R&D include optimization of test processes and test infrastructure, test automation, testing tools, code-related testing, code coverage assessment and improvement, and also more advanced, scientific and sophisticated testing methods including random testing, mutation testing, systematic fault localization, automated debugging, bug prediction, etc.
Further testing related competences of the Department are security testing and fuzz testing, see more details at IT Security.
The REPARA project aims to help the transformation and deployment of new and legacy applications in parallel heterogeneous computing architectures while maintaining a balance between application performance, energy efficiency and source code maintainability. Read more, Project website
The goal of the project is research and development of SmartCity and SmartVillage technologies and services at SagemCom in collaboration with universities. Read more in Hungarian
The overall objective of the project is to provide tools and methods for the analysis of the structure and data dependencies of large industrial databases. The Department participates as external consultant. Read more in Hungarian
GOP 1.1.1 -11-2011-0038
Research on the impact of the quality of business critical IT systems on system security, risks and costs. Developing tools and services based on source code analysis and process modelling. Read more , Read more in Hungarian
Development of a software quality assurance service package for OpenDocument Format ODF applications. Read more
Improving the Quality of Open Source Software: analysing the structural architecture and source code quality of the open source package called OpenOffice.org. (5 million lines of code)
ART-Szeged & TE-Szeged
Studying the source code analysis techniques that can effectively support the re-construction of system architecture models and improve the current code analysis tools for Symbian.
CIRENE - Cross-border ICT Research Network
Impact analysis (OTKA)
Research on efficient system-level impact analysis methods and their applications in software engineering. Read more
Research on Code visualisation with high expressive power. Read more
Key Industrial Projects
Design and development of a C/C++ source code analyzer frontend and the quality check of the S60 development platform.
Assessment and documentation of the entire IT infrastructure (hardware, software, etc.) of a large local company using the SourceInventory framework Analysis and quality assurance checks of the software systems written in ForrásSQL programming language.
Development of a platform and tools for the static analysis of the ForrásSQL programming language Design and implementation of a test manager framework for ForrásSQL, research on automatic test case generation for ForrásSQL.
Development of a platform for the quality assurance and architecture reconstruction of the Magic programming language.
The framework named Magister continuously analyzes and evaluates the source code of Magic and reports eventual problems or issues.
Development of source code analysis and refactoring technologies for modern C++ architectures.
Key People (in alphabetical order):
- Árpád Beszédes, PhD
- Rudolf Ferenc, PhD
- Tamás Gergely, PhD
- Tibor Gyimóthy, DSc
- Péter Hegedűs, PhD
- Ferenc Horváth
- Judit Jász, PhD
- István Siket, PhD
- Péter Siket
- Zoltán Gábor Tóth
- László Vidács, PhD