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From Field-Based Coordination to Aggregate Computing

Mirko Viroli, Jacob Beal, Ferruccio Damiani, Giorgio Audrito, Roberto Casadei, Danilo Pianini
Aggregate computing is an emerging approach to the engineering of complex coordination for distributed systems, based on viewing system interactions in terms of information propagating through collectives of devices, rather than in terms of individual devices and their interaction with their peers and environment. The foundation of this approach is the distillation of a number of prior approaches, both formal and pragmatic, proposed under the umbrella of field-based coordination, and culminating into the field calculus, a functional programming model for the specification and composition of collective behaviours with equivalent local and aggregate semantics. This foundation has been elaborated into a layered approach to engineering coordination of complex distributed systems, building up to pragmatic applications through intermediate layers encompassing reusable libraries of provably resilient program components. In this survey, we trace the development and antecedents of field calculus, review the current state of aggregate computing theory and practice, and discuss a roadmap of current research directions that we believe can significantly impact the agenda of coordination models and languages.
Coordination Models and Languages, Ch. 12, Lecture Notes in Computer Science 10852, pages 252--279, 2018.
Giovanna Di Marzo Serugendo, Michele Loreti (eds.), Springer
  author    = {Viroli, Mirko  and
               Beal, Jacob  and
                Damiani, Ferruccio and
               Audrito, Giorgio  and
               Casadei, Roberto  and
               Pianini, Danilo },
  title     = {From Field-Based Coordination to Aggregate Computing},
  booktitle = {Coordination Models and Languages - 20th {IFIP} {WG} 6.1 International
               Conference, {COORDINATION} 2018, Held as Part of the 13th International
               Federated Conference on Distributed Computing Techniques, DisCoTec
               2018, Madrid, Spain, June 18-21, 2018. Proceedings},
  editor    = {Di Marzo Serugendo, Giovanna  and
                Loreti, Michele},
  series    = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  volume    = {10852},
  publisher = {Springer},
  pages     = {252--279},
  year      = {2018},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.1007/978-3-319-92408-3_12},