hyades UML2 test profile
Press release

Eclipse Project Hyades to Implement UML Test Profile

  • Automated Software Quality (ASQ) Project Works to Release U2TP Drivers Into Open-Source Community

RALEIGH, NC--April 15, 2003--Eclipse project Hyades announced today its commitment to release an open-source implementation of the UML 2 Test Profile specification (U2TP), which was submitted to the Object Management Group (OMG) on March 3, 2003. The U2TP specification was well received by the OMG and is scheduled for approval at the next Technical Meeting in June 2003.

The Hyades project will provide full lifecycle integration of advanced test and trace facilities for Automated Software Quality (ASQ) and boasts some leading software companies in its membership, including IBM's WebSphere and Rational Software divisions, Parasoft, Scapa Technologies, Telelogic and SAP. Hyades today also welcomed Eclipse member Fraunhofer Institute for Open-Communication Systems (FOKUS), which led the U2TP specification initiative as an active project participant.

Hyades is committed to implementing the U2TP which is expected to be formally adopted by the OMG later in 2003. The U2TP specification itself can be found at www.fokus.fraunhofer.de/u2tp. Facilities to manage and manipulate U2TP-based test models inside the Eclipse workbench through the Eclipse Modeling Framework are already available at www.eclipse.org/hyades. The Hyades implementation will track changes to the U2TP model and the underlying UML 2 language as these standards move towards final adoption and contribute coordinated feedback into the finalization process.

Mike Norman, Hyades project lead and CEO of Scapa Technologies, commented, "The implementation of the U2TP standard in the Eclipse framework offers the Automated Software Quality community an opportunity to move from poorly-integrated, proprietary testing and tracing solutions to a set of interoperable tools based around open standards inside a universal tools platform. The Hyades project is building this interoperability layer for the benefit of the whole Eclipse ecosystem and we look forward to working with FOKUS to that end."

FOKUS has been involved in defining test profiles for a variety of telecom and datacom technologies and instrumental in driving standardization initiatives in the OMG and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).

Ina Schieferdecker, Head of the Competence Center for Testing, Interoperability and Performance (TIP) within FOKUS, led the U2TP specification process. On joining Hyades, Dr Schieferdecker said, "The U2TP work is now moving from specification to implementation. By joining Hyades at this time we will provide continuity as this important emerging standard is implemented for the benefit of the whole Eclipse ecosystem-from Enterprise software through to embedded systems."

About The Hyades Project

The Hyades project provides an open-source platform for Automated Software Quality (ASQ) tools and a range of open-source reference implementations of ASQ tooling for testing, tracing and monitoring software systems. By closely integrating ASQ tooling into the Eclipse development environment and providing effective tool interoperability among ASQ tools and with other tools, the Hyades project aims to allow a consistent and continuous approach to ASQ processes from the earliest stages of development through to deployment and out into production. For ASQ tool vendors and integrators, Hyades is delivering an extensible framework and infrastructure that embraces automated testing, trace, profiling, monitoring and asset management.

About Eclipse

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FOKUS researches and develops advanced technologies for the information society, inspired by a vision of a user-oriented PC and communication environment available at any time. The vision takes full account of the versatility and individuality of users and their personal attitudes and capabilities and it also covers place and time factors governing information selection and the range of options open to the user for access to the communication environment. Driven by this vision, FOKUS has developed a seamless communication infrastructure which can carry global location-neutral services in a range of different quality levels.

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