Autonomic Service-Component Ensembles
Start date: Oct 1, 2010,
End date: Mar 31, 2015
Future software-intensive systems, such as sensor networks, power grids, satellite and robot swarms, will generally exhibit a number of characteristic features:Massive numbers of nodes, nodes with complex behavior, or complex interactions between nodes.Operation in open and non-deterministic environments with variable network topology.Need for adaptation, e.g., to changing environments and requirements.We call this future generation of software-intensive systems ensembles. The potentially huge impact - both positive and negative - of ensembles means that we need to understand ways to reliably and predictably model, design, and program them.Although there is a lot of research in this area, so far no theoretically well-founded technique for building ensembles exists. The goal of the ASCENS project is to develop such a method and to demonstrate its feasibility in three important application domains: robot swarms, cloud computing and e-mobility.
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