Software Sustainability: The Modern Tower of Babel

C. C. Venters, C. Jay, L. M S Lau, M.K. Griffiths, V. Holmes, R. R. Ward, J. Austin, C. E. Dibsdale, J. Xu

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The development of sustainable software has been identified as one of the key challenges in the field of computational science and engineering. However, there is currently no agreed definition of the concept. Current definitions range from a composite, non-functional requirement to simply an emergent property. This lack of clarity leads to confusion, and potentially to ineffective and inefficient efforts to develop sustainable software systems. The aim of this paper is to explore the emerging definitions of software sustainability from the field of software engineering in order to contribute to the question, what is software sustainability? The preliminary analysis suggests that the concept of software sustainability is complex and multifaceted with any consensus towards a shared definition within the field of software engineering yet to be achieved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2014
Event3rd International Workshop on Requirements Engineering for Sustainable Systems co-located with 22nd International Conference on Requirements Engineering - Karlskrona, Sweden
Duration: 26 Aug 201426 Aug 2014
Conference number: 3 / 22


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