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Distributed Software Maintenance Using an Autonomic System Management Approach based on the Viable System Model.

DOI: 10.1109/ICAS.2006.22 In proceeding of: 2006 International Conference on Autonomic and Autonomous Systems (ICAS 2006), 16-21 July 2006, Silicon Valley, California, USA
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ABSTRACT Most current softwae management solutions are missing a systematic and holistic approach for global system management, and apply only to specijic system components. This limits the system k extensibility, and does not meet interoperability requirements jbm the growing heterogeneity of the operating environment. This paper discusses an alternative approach to common management of evolving distributed software, impired by the research in the field of open systems and cybernetic models. The approach involves adapting Stanford Beer's Yiable System Model (KSly, to fhe concrete needs of distributed sofiware, supporting evolutionary integration of new functionality, while preserving system stability. We introduce meta-data bindings to existing information models as a basis for management of hierarchical and recursive sofiware elements, and an architecture for composition of interacting components with verijication of their capabilities during deployment and runtime. The architecture is designed to satis& criteria of the Eable System Model and to assure conditions necessary for autonomic behavior.

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