Software Engineering for Self-Adaptive Systems by Betty H. C. Cheng, Rogério de Lemos, Paola Inverardi, Jeff

By Betty H. C. Cheng, Rogério de Lemos, Paola Inverardi, Jeff Magee

Although the self-adaptability of structures has been studied in quite a lot of disciplines, from biology to robotics, only in the near past has the software program engineering neighborhood acknowledged its key position in permitting the improvement of destiny software program structures which are in a position to self-adapt to adjustments which could ensue within the process, its specifications, or the surroundings within which it's deployed.

The 12 rigorously reviewed papers integrated during this cutting-edge survey originate from the foreign Seminar on software program Engineering for Self-Adaptive platforms, held in Dagstuhl fort, Germany, in January 2008. They study the present cutting-edge within the box, describing a variety of methods coming from assorted strands of software program engineering, and current destiny demanding situations dealing with this ever-resurgent and difficult box of analysis. additionally integrated during this e-book is an invited roadmap paper at the examine demanding situations dealing with self-adaptive platforms in the quarter of software program engineering, according to discussions on the Dagstuhl Seminar and prepare by means of numerous of its individuals. The papers were divided into topical sections on architecture-based self-adaptation, context-aware and model-driven self-adaptation, and self-healing. those are preceded via 3 study roadmap papers.

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In the autonomous case, at run-time there is no influence external to the system guiding how the system should adapt. On the other hand, a system can have a degree of self-adaptability when externally assisted, either by another system or by human participation (which can be considered another system). In the illustrative case, for the foreseen type of changes the system is autonomous, but for the foreseeable type of changes, such as a change in the Apache version, human participation is likely to be required.

Goal-based modeling of dynamically adaptive system requirements. In: 15th Annual IEEE International Conference on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems (ECBS) (2008) 14. : Goal directed requirements acquisition. In: Selected Papers of the Sixth International Workshop on Software Specification and Design (IWSSD), pp. 3–50 (1993) 15. : Towards modeling and reasoning support for early-phase requirements engineering. In: 3rd IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (RE 1997), Washington, DC, USA, p.

An example of a rigid goal is “the system shall do this…”, while an unconstrained goal is “the system might do this…” A constrained goal provides a middle ground, where there is flexibility as long as certain constraints are satisfied, such as, “the system may do this… as long as it does this…” In the context of the case study, the goal as stated is rigid. However, if we consider a scenario in which the non-functional requirements (NFR) associated with a goal can change according to the quality of services (QoS) of the resources available, then the goal in terms of flexibility could be considered unconstrained.

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