Describing the software architecture of a multimedia data management system


Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Computer Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Student: ÇİĞDEM AVCI SALMA

Co-Consultant: ADNAN YAZICI, MEHMET HALİT S. OĞUZTÜZÜN

Abstract:

Multimedia Data Management Systems (MMDMS) enable storing, organizing, accessing and retrieving multimedia content effectively and efficiently. "Describing the software architecture of METU Multimedia Data Management System (METU- MMDMS), which can be a representative for contemporary MMDMS architectures, to facilitate future research on MMDMSs" is the primary objective of this study. The METU-MMDMS is placed to the focal point of the study by taking into account its unique infrastructure, non-systematic way of documentation of knowledge and experience, and the main motivation of this study is the absence of a descriptive architecture or architectural documentation for similar systems. Using the "Views and Beyond" software architecture documentation method, which was proposed by Software Engineering Institute (SEI), the documentation process is completed. Stakeholders’ needs, quality attributes of the architecture and important design decisions for an effective MMDMS are recorded via the Views and Beyond (V&B). Following the process of documentation of the METU Multimedia Data Management System architecture, in order to evaluate this architecture, "Architecture Tradeoff Analysis Method" (ATAM) is carried out. Finally, the documented architecture is discussed and V&B is evaluated from the multimedia database management system documentation perspective.