Requirements-driven design of autonomic application software

Lapouchnian, Alexei; Yu, Yijun; Liaskos, Sotirios and Mylopoulos, John (2006). Requirements-driven design of autonomic application software. In: CASCON '06: Proceedings of the 2006 conference of the Center for Advanced Studies on Collaborative research, 16-19 Oct 2006, Toronto, Canada.



Autonomic computing systems reduce software maintenance costs and management complexity by taking on the responsibility for their configuration, optimization, healing, and protection. These tasks are accomplished by switching at runtime to a different system behaviour - the one that is more efficient, more secure, more stable, etc. - while still fulfilling the main purpose of the system. Thus, identifying the objectives of the system, analyzing alternative ways of how these objectives can be met, and designing a system that supports all or some of these alternative behaviours is a promising way to develop autonomic systems. This paper proposes the use of requirements goal models as a foundation for such software development process and demonstrates this on an example.

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