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Reconciling White-Box and Black-Box Perspectives on Behavioral Self-adaptation

Bruni, Roberto and Corradini, Andrea and Gadducci, Fabio and Hölzl, Matthias and Lluch Lafuente, Alberto and Vandin, Andrea and Wirsing, Martin Reconciling White-Box and Black-Box Perspectives on Behavioral Self-adaptation. In: Software Engineering for Collective Autonomic Systems. The ASCENS Approach. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (8998). Springer, pp. 163-184. ISBN 978-3-319-16309-3 (2015)

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This paper proposes to reconcile two perspectives on behavioral adaptation commonly taken at different stages of the engineering of autonomic computing systems. Requirements engineering activities often take a black-box perspective: A system is considered to be adaptive with respect to an environment whenever the system is able to satisfy its goals irrespectively of the environment perturbations. Modeling and programming engineering activities often take a white-box perspective: A system is equipped with suitable adaptation mechanisms and its behavior is classified as adaptive depending on whether the adaptation mechanisms are enacted or not. The proposed approach reconciles black- and white-box perspectives by proposing several notions of coherence between the adaptivity as observed by the two perspectives: These notions provide useful criteria for the system developer to assess and possibly modify the adaptation requirements, models and programs of an autonomic system.

Item Type: Book Section
Identification Number: 10.1007/978-3-319-16310-9_4
Projects: IP 257414 ASCENS, PRIN 2010LHT4KM CINA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autonomic Computing; Behavioral Adaptation; Requirements Engineering; Software Engineering; Linear-time Properties; Games
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Caterina Tangheroni
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2016 13:04
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2016 07:58
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/3064

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