Dnesni seminar

Tomas Bures bures at d3s.mff.cuni.cz
Mon Oct 11 10:53:12 CEST 2010

Dobry den,

rad bych vas pozval na dnesni seminar:

    2010-10-11 14:00 in S6: /Adaptive software needs continuous

*Carlo Ghezzi /(Politecnico di Milano, Italy)/*

Carlo Ghezzi

Modern software applications are increasingly embedded in an open world 
that is constantly evolving, because of changes in the requirements, in 
the environment, and in usage profiles. These changes are difficult to 
predict and anticipate, and are out of control of the application. In 
many cases, changes cannot be handled off-line, but require the software 
to self-react by adapting its behavior dynamically, to continue to 
ensure the desired quality of service. The big challenge in front of us 
is how to achieve the necessary degrees of flexibility and dynamism 
required by software applications without compromising the needed 
dependability.  The talk focuses on quantitative probabilistic 
requirements. It discusses how the initial design of an application may 
proceed through a model-driven process towards an implementation that 
satisfies requirements. Design-time parameters characterizing the 
environment are intrinsically subject to uncertainty, both because 
predictions are intrinsically inaccurate and because the environment is 
likely to change. It is thus necessary to check at run time if these 
parameters change significantly and may eventually lead to requirements 
violations. To do so, we need to extend verification to run time, by 
monitoring the environment, in order to get the real data that 
characterize it and affect the behavior of the application, and feeding 
the model (which continues to exist at run time) with new parameters, 
replacing the outdated values that were used at development time. The 
updated model can check whether the requirements are still met, or 
whether a reconfiguration is needed in the application in order to 
continue to satisfy the requirements. The talk reports on some results 
of recent research, developed within the SMScom project, funded by the 
European Commission, Programme IDEAS-ERC, Project 227977 
(http://www.erc-smscom.org/). The focus is on modelling, model update, 
and automatic reasoning on requirements. An initial attempt to support 
self-adapting reactions will also be outlined.

S pozdravem,
Tomas Bures

Tomas Bures, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Distributed and Dependable Systems
Charles University
Malostranske nam.25
11800 Prague 1, Czech Republic
Phone: (+420) 2 2191 4236
Fax:   (+420) 2 2191 4323

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