Testing pervasive software in the presence of context inconsistency resolution services

Abstract:Pervasive computing software adapts its behavior according to the changing contexts. Nevertheless, contexts are often noisy. Context inconsistency resolution provides a cleaner pervasive computing environment to context-aware applications. A faulty context-aware application may, however, mistakenly mix up inconsistent contexts and resolved ones, causing incorrect results. This paper studies how such faulty context-aware applications may be affected by these services. We model how programs should handle contexts that are continually checked and resolved by context inconsistency resolution, develop novel sets of data flow equations to analyze the potential impacts, and thus formulate a new family of test adequacy criteria for testing these applications. Experimentation shows that our approach is promising.
Grants:GRF 111107, GRF 716507, GRF 717506
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Citation:Heng Lu, W.K. Chan, and T.H. Tse, "Testing pervasive software in the presence of context inconsistency resolution services", in Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2008), (Leipzig, Germany, May 10-18, 2008,) pages 61-70, ACM Press, NY, USA (2008). 
Remarks:[Acceptance rate: 15.1%, 56 out of 371]
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