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Verification and Validation in Support for Software Certification Methods

  • Anca Vermesan
  • Per Martinsen
  • Jarle Sjøvaag
  • Keith Bell
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Abstract

Companies are introducing more and more intricate software into systems. In complex systems, regulatory or other considerations (such as potential financial losses) may require the software components to undergo a certain level of certification corresponding to its application and criticality. This paper presents an approach to certifying software contained within systems where its functionality is considered critical within the environment in which it is placed. Those software components implemented using the knowledge-base (KB) technology are highlighted and the role of verification and validation (V&V) in certification of KB components is emphasized. Within a certification model, two particular elements are presented in detail. Firstly, a categorization scheme based on V&V classes is described which has the potential for ensuring reproducibility of the results from software certification by different bodies. Secondly, a certification profile for a software component is described which aims to ensure repeatability of the results of software certification carried out by the same body. The approach presented here is based on the findings of the SafeKBS1 European project.

Keywords

Software Component Versus Class Versus Method Certification Process Safety Critical System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anca Vermesan
    • 1
  • Per Martinsen
    • 1
  • Jarle Sjøvaag
    • 1
  • Keith Bell
    • 1
  1. 1.Det Norske Veritas ASNorway

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