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Bio-inspired mechanisms for coordinating multiple instances of a service feature in dynamic software product lines

Lee, J. and Whittle, J. and Storz, O. (2011) Bio-inspired mechanisms for coordinating multiple instances of a service feature in dynamic software product lines. Journal of Universal Computer Science, 17 (5). pp. 670-683.

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Abstract

One of the challenges in Dynamic Software Product Line (DSPL) is how to support the coordination of multiple instances of a service feature. In particular, there is a need for a decentralized decision-making capability that will be able to seamlessly integrate new instances of a service feature without an omniscient central controller. Because of the need for decentralization, we are investigating principles from self-organization in biological organisms. As an initial proof of concept, we have applied three bio-inspired techniques to a simple smart home scenario: quorum sensing based service activation, a firefly algorithm for synchronization, and a gossiping (epidemic) protocol for information dissemination. In this paper, we first explain why we selected those techniques using a set of motivating scenarios of a smart home and then describe our experiences in adopting them.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Universal Computer Science
Uncontrolled Keywords: bio-inspired computing ; dynamic software product line ; variability mechanism
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > School of Computing & Communications
ID Code: 57696
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 20 Aug 2012 16:52
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2014 08:59
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/57696

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