Quality of Numerical Software

Assessment and enhancement

  • Ronald F. Boisvert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Problem of Numerical Software Quality

  3. Testing and Evaluation Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Nicholas J. Higham
      Pages 109-124
    3. Ronald F. Boisvert, Roldan Pozo, Karin Remington, Richard F. Barrett, Jack J. Dongarra
      Pages 125-137
    4. Bernard Butler, Maurice Cox, Alistair Forbes, Simon Hannaby, Peter Harris
      Pages 138-151
    5. W. Van Snyder
      Pages 155-166
  4. The Effect of New Environments on Numerical Software Quality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. L. F. Shampine, M. W. Reichelt
      Pages 224-235
    3. J. J. Dongarra, S. Hammarling, A. Petitet
      Pages 236-248
    4. Shun Doi, Hidehiro Fujio, Kouta Sugihara
      Pages 255-266
    5. W. M. Coughran Jr.
      Pages 267-269
    6. Eric Grosse
      Pages 270-279
  5. Case Studies

  6. The Conference

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 373-373

About this book


Numerical software is central to our computerized society. It is used to control aeroplanes and bridges, operate manufacturing lines, control power plants and refineries, and analyse financial markets. Such software must be accurate, reliable, robust, efficient, easy to use, maintainable and adaptable. Quality assessment and control of numerical software is still not well understood. Although measurement is a key element, it remains difficult to assess many components of software quality and to evaluate the trade-offs between them. Fortunately, as numerical software is built upon a long established foundation of mathematical and computational knowledge, there is great potential for dramatic breakthroughs. This volume will address enabling techniques and tools such as benchmarks, testing methodologies, quality standards, metrics, and accuracy control mechanisms, and their application to software for differential equations, linear algebra, data analysis, as well as the evaluation of integrals, derivatives and elementary and special functions.


Mathematica computer data analysis object oriented design software standards testing

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronald F. Boisvert
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Standards and Technology GaithersburgMarylandUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-5041-2942-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-5041-2940-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4238
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-422X
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