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Software Engineering Processes for Self-adaptive Systems


In this paper, we discuss how for self-adaptive systems some activities that traditionally occur at development-time are moved to run-time. Responsibilities for these activities shift from software engineers to the system itself, causing the traditional boundary between development-time and run-time to blur. As a consequence, we argue how the traditional software engineering process needs to be reconceptualized to distinguish both development-time and run-time activities, and to support designers in taking decisions on how to properly engineer such systems. Furthermore, we identify a number of challenges related to this required reconceptualization, and we propose initial ideas based on process modeling. We use the Software and Systems Process Engineering Meta-Model (SPEM) to specify which activities are meant to be performed off-line and on-line, and also the dependencies between them. The proposed models should capture information about the costs and benefits of shifting activities to run-time, since such models should support software engineers in their decisions when they are engineering self-adaptive systems.

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hal-00719003 , version 1 (18-07-2012)



Jesper Andersson, Luciano Baresi, Nelly Bencomo, Rogerio de Lemos, Alessandra Gorla, et al.. Software Engineering Processes for Self-adaptive Systems. R. de Lemos, H. Giese, H. Muller, M. Shaw. Software Engineering for Self-adaptive Systems 2, 7475, Springer, pp.51-75, 2012, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, ⟨10.1007/978-3-642-35813-5_3⟩. ⟨hal-00719003⟩


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