A Comparison of Two-Level and Multi-level Modelling for Cloud-Based Applications

  • Alessandro Rossini
  • Juan de Lara
  • Esther Guerra
  • Nikolay Nikolov
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9153)


The Cloud Modelling Framework (CloudMF) is an approach to apply model-driven engineering principles to the specification and execution of cloud-based applications. It comprises a domain-specific language to model the deployment topology of multi-cloud applications, along with a models@run-time environment to facilitate reasoning and adaptation of these applications at run-time. This paper reports on some challenges encountered during the design of CloudMF, related to the adoption of the two-level modelling approach and especially the type-instance pattern. Moreover, it proposes the adoption of an alternative, multi-level modelling approach to tackle these challenges, and provides a set of criteria to compare both approaches.


Domain-specific languages Metamodelling Multi-level modelling Multi-level reasoning Cloud computing CloudMF CloudML MetaDepth 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Rossini
    • 1
  • Juan de Lara
    • 2
  • Esther Guerra
    • 2
  • Nikolay Nikolov
    • 1
  1. 1.SINTEFOsloNorway
  2. 2.Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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