Higher-order architectural connectors

Lopes, Antónia; Wermelinger, Michel and Fiadeiro, José Luiz (2003). Higher-order architectural connectors. ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology, 12(1) pp. 64–104.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/839268.839272

URL: http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=839268.839272

Abstract

We develop a notion of higher-order connector towards supporting the systematic construction of architectural connectors for software design. A higher-order connector takes connectors as parameters and allows for services such as security protocols and fault-tolerance mechanisms to be superposed over the interactions that are handled by the connectors passed as actual arguments. The notion is first illustrated over CommUnity, a parallel program design language that we have been using for formalizing aspects of architectural design. A formal, algebraic semantics is then presented which is independent of any Architectural Description Language. Finally, we discuss how our results can impact software design methods and tools.

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