Are your sites down? Requirements-driven self-tuning for the survivability of web systems

Chen, Bihuan; Peng, Xin; Yu, Yijun and Zhao, Wenyun (2011). Are your sites down? Requirements-driven self-tuning for the survivability of web systems. In: 19th International Conference on Requirements Engineering, 29 Aug - 2 Sep 2011, Trento, Italy.

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Abstract

Running in a highly uncertain and greatly complex environment, Web systems cannot always provide full set of services with optimal quality, especially when work loads are high or subsystem failures are frequent. Hence, it is significant to continuously maintain a high satisfaction level of survivability, hereafter survivability assurance, while relaxing or sacrificing certain quality or functional requirements that are not crucial to the survival of the entire system. After giving a value-based interpretation to survivability assurance to facilitate a quantitative analysis, we propose a requirements-driven self-tuning method for the survivability assurance of Web systems. Maintaining an enriched and live goal model, our method adapts to runtime tradeoff decisions made by our PID (propor-tional-integral-derivative) controller and goal-oriented reasoner for both quality and functional requirements. The goal-based configuration plans produced by the reasoner is carried out on the live goal model, and then mapped into system architectural configurations. Experiments on an online shopping system are conducted to validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

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