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Grant of 3.39 million Euro awarded to UK based Erlang Consortium for Property-based Testing Research


The objective of the ‘Prowess' project is to provide the European software industry with efficient and effective testing tools and techniques for web services and internet applications

(PRWEB UK) 31 October 2012

Erlang Solutions is part of a consortium that has been awarded a 3.39 million Euro grant for the ‘Prowess' project – a research into Property-based testing of Web services. The grant is funded by the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) for Research and Technological Development, the EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe. Erlang Solutions is one of nine partners (universities and small to medium sized enterprises), spanning three member states (the UK, Spain and Sweden). Through Prowess' Advisory Board and Erlang Solutions partner Basho, the project links into several more EU countries and the US. The joint proposal for ‘Prowess' was submitted by the consortium in response to FP7's call for proposals on the subject of ‘Cloud Computing, Internet Services and Advanced Software engineering' under the ‘Computing in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)' research category.

The objective of ‘Prowess' is to provide the European software industry with efficient and effective testing tools and techniques for web services and internet applications. Erlang Solutions will develop a cloud based scalable testing framework that will provide testing as a service and enable realistic, controlled testing of non-functional requirements for web based applications. This will enable automating quality assurance, reducing its cost and improving effectiveness.

Property-based testing (PBT) provides a powerful, high-level, approach to testing. Rather than focusing on individual test cases to encapsulate the behaviour of a system, the new methodologies will take into account the following aspects:

  •          Composition of property based testing models
         Simplification of creation and understanding of models          Developing techniques to compare multiple implementations          Support testing of constantly evolving systems          Address non-functional requirements such as performance requirements          Define software assurance criteria to ensure the highest quality assurance.


Erlang Solutions will be managing the dissemination and exploitation of the output from the consortium to their customers throughout Europe in a variety of sectors.

“We are pleased to have the opportunity to work with world class academic and industrial partners in this project. While reducing the time spent on testing, ‘Prowess' also aims to develop approaches to improving quality assurance. Property-based testing is going through a technological evolution, and this grant shows Erlang Solutions' commitment to ground breaking research in multi-core and cloud computing environments” declared Francesco Cesarini, Founder and Technical Director of Erlang Solutions.

About Erlang Solutions Ltd.
Erlang Solutions provides businesses true scalability through the creation, integration, delivery and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language. Our customers obtain all the benefits of the speed to market, low lifetime cost and extreme reliability offered by Erlang-based solutions. Erlang Solutions has a special focus on Erlang and the Erlang community, offering industry-leading research, development, training and worldwide support. We have extensive experience in industries such as telecom, financial services, gaming, advertising, new media and automotive. Erlang Solutions has offices in London, Stockholm, Krakow, Copenhagen, Aarhus and Zurich.

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