ACATS 4.0 User's Guide
5.5.3 Bundling Test Programs
In some situations, the usual test processing sequence
may require an unacceptable amount of time. For example, running tests
on an embedded target may impose significant overhead time to download
individual tests. In these cases, executable tests may be bundled into
aggregates of multiple tests. A set of bundled tests will have a driver
that calls each test in turn; ACATS tests will then be called procedures
rather than main procedures. No source changes in the tests are allowed
when bundling; that is, the only allowed change is the method of calling
the test. Since ACATS tests are often designed to follow common usage
patterns, including reuse of units, and reusable units are often self-initializing
(so that they are resilient against misuse), not all ACATS tests can
be bundled arbitrarily. In particular, foundations and shared support
code may not (and cannot, in general, because of the need to test elaboration
actions) support re-initialization and thus a bundled test may malfunction
if it runs after another use of the same foundation or support routine.
It is the responsibility of the ACATS user to ensure that bundled tests
execute properly when bundled.
All bundles must be approved by the ACAL (and, if
necessary, the ACAA) to qualify for a conformity assessment. It is the
responsibility of the user to identify the tests to be bundled and to
write a driver for them.