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Towards a systemic approach to autonomic systems engineering

Bustard, David, Sterritt, Roy, Taleb-Bendiab, A, Laws, A, Randles, M and Keenan, F (2005) Towards a systemic approach to autonomic systems engineering. In: Engineering of Computer-Based Systems, 2005. ECBS '05. 12th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the. IEEE. 8 pp. [Conference contribution]

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DOI: 10.1109/ECBS.2005.71


An autonomic system is structured as a network of autonomic elements that collaborate to achieve the system's purpose. This paper examines the potential benefit of using well-established systems concepts and techniques in the development of such systems. In particular, it considers the possible role of Checkland's Soft Systems Methodology and Beer's Viable Systems model in system design. The paper summarizes the relevant aspects of each approach and then assesses both their individual and joint strengths in support of the construction and evaluation of designs. Some practical issues in the use of these approaches are also identified. The discussion is illustrated using aspects of the design of an autonomic operating system.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Paper)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Information Engineering
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Information and Communication Engineering
ID Code:21179
Deposited By: Mr Roy Sterritt
Deposited On:06 Mar 2012 11:04
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:02

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