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Artificial Intelligence Review

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 313-327

Autonomic system design based on the integrated use of SSM and VSM

  • D. W. BustardAffiliated withFaculty of Engineering, University of Ulster Email author 
  • , R. SterrittAffiliated withFaculty of Engineering, University of Ulster
  • , A. Taleb-BendiabAffiliated withSchool of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University
  • , A. LawsAffiliated withSchool of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University

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Abstract

This paper describes an approach to autonomic systems development that involves the integrated use of two general systems design techniques: Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) and the Viable System Model (VSM). The paper summarizes the relevant aspects of each technique and describes how they can be used together to create design models of an autonomic system and its environment. The discussion is illustrated through a consideration of the development of a generic computing system to help manage the technology used in an organisation.

Keywords

Autonomic systems design Soft System Methodology Viable System Model