Dynamical Simulation Models of the Open Source Development Process

Dynamical Simulation Models of the Open Source Development Process

I. P. Antoniades (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), I. Samoladas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece), I. Stamelos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and L. Angelis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-939-7.ch056
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Abstract

This chapter will discuss attempts to produce formal mathematical models for dynamical simulation of the development process of Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS) projects. First, a brief overview for simulation methods of closed source software development is given. Then, based on empirical facts reported in F/OSS case studies, we describe a general framework for F/OSS dynamical simulation models and discuss its similarities and differences to closed source software simulation. A specific F/OSS simulation model is introduced. The model is applied to the Apache project and to the gtk+ module of the GNOME project, and simulation outputs are compared to real data. The potential of formal F/OSS simulation models to turn into practical tools used by F/OSS coordinators to predict key project factors is demonstrated. Finally, issues for further research and efforts for improvement of this first-attempt model are discussed.

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