Harnessing Variability in Product-lines of Self-adaptive Software Systems

Abbas, Nadeem and Andersson, Jesper (2015) Harnessing Variability in Product-lines of Self-adaptive Software Systems. In: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Software Product Line.

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This work studies systematic reuse in the context of self-adaptive software systems. In our work, we realized that managing variability for such platforms is different compared to traditional platforms, primarily due to the run-time variability and system uncertainties. Motivated by the fact that recent trends show that self-adaptation will be used more often in future system generation and that software reuse state-of-practice or research do not provide sufficient support, we have investigated the problems and possibly resolutions in this context. We have analyzed variability for these systems, using a systematic reuse prism, and identified a research gap in variability management. The analysis divides variability handling into four activities: (1) identify variability, (2) constrain variability, (3) implement variability, and (4) manage variability. Based on the findings we envision a reuse framework for the specific domain and present an example framework that addresses some of the identified challenges. We argue that it provides basic support for engineering self-adaptive software systems with systematic reuse. We discuss some important avenues of research for achieving the vision.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:The paper (though not authored by a SICS researcher) is produced within the project EcoFES and therefor included among SICS publications.
Uncontrolled Keywords:self-adaptive software systems, software reuse, variability analysis
ID Code:5995
Deposited By:Efi Papatheocharous
Deposited On:08 Feb 2016 11:37
Last Modified:12 Aug 2016 14:34

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