Gazelle Test Bed General Information

Gazelle is a test bed for testing the interoperability of eHealth systems. It is developed by IHE Europe with the support of several other IHE countries (USA, Japan, Korea, Australia). The development was initiated in 2006 with a team of developers at INRIA and continued with the team moving to Kereval. The development of the Gazelle Test Bed is the second generation of Test Management tooling that IHE developed.

The first generation tooling was initiated in 2002 with the development of a tool called “Kudu” based on Postgresql and PHP. This first generation tool allowed IHE to structure the connectathon process and to improve the quality and auditability of the testing performed during the connectathon.

In 2006 with the growth in the number of participant to the connectathon, it became clear that the tool had to move to a more robust platform in order to support the load and the scalability of a large project. The choice of Java and Jboss was then made and a development team was established at INRIA Rennes. In 2011 the Gazelle Test Bed project reached maturity and it was decided to move the development team to a company specialized in testing (Kereval in Rennes) in order to offer a more robust software development environment and deploy a quality management compatible with the certification requirement of ISO 17025 and Guide 65.

Gazelle Test Bed Architecture

Gazelle Test Bed is using a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). The following figure shows the different component of the test bed. It consists of simulators, validation tools, data generation tools, a proxy and a test management tool.

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Gazelle SOA Architecture