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Structured design methodologies provide a disciplined and organized guide to the construction of software systems. However, while the methodology structures and documents the points at which design decisions are made, it does not provide a specific, quantitative basis for making these decisions. Typically, the designers' only guidelines are qualitative,(More)
This paper reports on a modest study which relates seven different software complexity metrics to the experience of maintenance activities performed on a medium size software system. Three different versions of the system that evolved over a period of three years were analyzed in this study. A major revision of the system, while still in its design phase,(More)
Authorization systems today are increasingly complex. They span domains of administration, rely on many different authentication sources, and manage permissions that can be as complex as the system itself. Worse still, while there are many standards that define authentication mechanisms, the standards that address authorization are less well defined and(More)
Many grid usage scenarios depend on small, dynamic working groups for which the ability to establish transient collaboration with little or no intervention from resource administrators is a key requirement. The system developed, PRIMA, focuses on the issues of management and enforcement of fine-grained privileges. Dynamic account creation and leasing as(More)