The SAMATE Project

SAMATE - Software Assurance Metrics And Tool Evaluation


Welcome to the NIST SAMATE* project. Introduction to SAMATE has more details.

For us, Software Assurance (SA) covers both the property and the process to achieve it:

[Justifiable] confidence that software is free from vulnerabilities, either intentionally designed into the software or accidentally inserted at any time during its life cycle and that the software functions in the intended manner
from CNSS National Information Assurance (IA) Glossary CNSSI-4009, 26 April 2010, page 69.
... the planned and systematic set of activities that ensure that software life cycle processes and products conform to requirements, standards, and procedures.
from NASA Software Assurance Standard NASA-STD-8739.8 (see quality assurance (1) in IEEE 610.12)


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If you wish to participate in the online discussion of SAMATE, including the reference dataset, specifications, SATE, metrics, etc., please email us. As of November 2019, the SAMATE mailing list moved to Google Groups. The mailing list web site is (If you were a member, the old mailing list archive is available here:

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We pronounce SAMATE as suh-mate, which rhymes with date.

If you are looking for the (similarly named) Software Engineering Method And Theory (SEMAT) project web site, please visit

This web site was created July 2005. This page was updated 2018.