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Visualizing Software Architectures in Virtual Reality with an Island Metaphor

Schreiber, Andreas and Misiak, Martin (2018) Visualizing Software Architectures in Virtual Reality with an Island Metaphor. In: Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10909, pp. 168-182. Springer International Publishing. VAMR 2018: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Interaction, Navigation, Visualization, Embodiment, and Simulation, 15.-20. Jul. 2018, Las Vegas, USA. ISBN 978-3-319-91580-7

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Official URL: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-3-319-91581-4_13

Abstract

Software architecture is abstract and intangible. Tools for visualizing software architecture can help to comprehend the implemented architecture but they need an effective and feasible visual metaphor, which maps all relevant aspects of a software architecture and fits all types of software. We focus on the visualization of module-based software—such as OSGi, which underlies many large software systems—in virtual reality, since this offers a much higher comprehension potential compared to classical 3D visualizations. Particularly, we present an approach for visualizing OSGi-based software architectures in virtual reality based on an island metaphor. The software modules are visualized as islands on a water surface. The island system is displayed in the confines of a virtual table where users can explore the software visualization on multiple levels of granularity by performing intuitive navigational tasks. Our approach allows users to get a first overview about the complexity of the software system by interactively exploring its modules as well as the dependencies between them.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/126096/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Visualizing Software Architectures in Virtual Reality with an Island Metaphor
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Schreiber, AndreasAndreas.Schreiber (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5750-5649
Misiak, Martinmartin.misiak (at) th-koeln.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-7105-3308
Date:2 June 2018
Journal or Publication Title:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:10909
Page Range:pp. 168-182
Editors:
EditorsEmail
Chen, Jessie Y. C.UNSPECIFIED
Fragomeni, GinoUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Springer International Publishing
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Computer Science
ISBN:978-3-319-91580-7
Status:Published
Keywords:Virtual reality, Software visualization, Software analysis
Event Title:VAMR 2018: Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality: Interaction, Navigation, Visualization, Embodiment, and Simulation
Event Location:Las Vegas, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:15.-20. Jul. 2018
Organizer:HCI International
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Technik für Raumfahrtsysteme
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben SISTEC
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institut of Simulation and Software Technology
Institut of Simulation and Software Technology > Distributed Systems and Component Software
Deposited By: Schreiber, Andreas
Deposited On:22 Jan 2019 15:05
Last Modified:22 Jan 2019 15:05

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