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Leveraging the cloud for large-scale software testing: A case study-Google Chrome on Amazon

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Anjan Pakhira, Dr Peter Andras


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© 2015 by IGI Global. All rights reserved. Testing is a critical phase in the software life-cycle. While small-scale component-wise testing is done routinely as part of development and maintenance of large-scale software, the system level testing of the whole software is much more problematic due to low level of coverage of potential usage scenarios by test cases and high costs associated with wide-scale testing of large software. Here, the authors investigate the use of cloud computing to facilitate the testing of large-scale software. They discuss the aspects of cloud-based testing and provide an example application of this. They describe the testing of the functional importance of methods of classes in the Google Chrome software. The methods that we test are predicted to be functionally important with respect to a functionality of the software. The authors use network analysis applied to dynamic analysis data generated by the software to make these predictions. They check the validity of these predictions by mutation testing of a large number of mutated variants of the Google Chrome. The chapter provides details of how to set up the testing process on the cloud and discusses relevant technical issues.

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Author(s): Pakhira A, Andras P

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Cloud Technology: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Year: 2015

Volume: 2

Pages: 1175-1203

Online publication date: 31/10/2014

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: IGI Global


DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6539-2.ch055

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781466665408