Management in Distributed Systems: A Semi-formal Approach

  • Marco Aldinucci
  • Marco Danelutto
  • Peter Kilpatrick
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4641)

Abstract

The reverse engineering of a skeleton based programming environment and redesign to distribute management activities of the system and thereby remove a potential single point of failure is considered. The Orc notation is used to facilitate abstraction of the design and analysis of its properties. It is argued that Orc is particularly suited to this role as this type of management is essentially an orchestration activity. The Orc specification of the original version of the system is modified via a series of semi-formally justified derivation steps to obtain a specification of the decentralized management version which is then used as a basis for its implementation. Analysis of the two specifications allows qualitative prediction of the expected performance of the derived version with respect to the original, and this prediction is borne out in practice.

Keywords

Orchestration algorithmic skeletons autonomic computing 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marco Aldinucci
    • 1
  • Marco Danelutto
    • 1
  • Peter Kilpatrick
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, University of Pisa 
  2. 2.Department of Computer Science, Queen’s University Belfast 

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