Software Engineering for Self-Organizing Systems

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H. Van Dyke Parunak, Sven A. Brueckner
Danny Weyns, Jörg P. Müller (eds.)
12th International Workshop on Agent-Oriented Software Engineering (AOSE 2011)
2 May 2011

Abstract. Self-organizing software systems are an increasingly attractive approach to highly distributed, decentralized, dynamic applications. In some domains (such as the Internet), the interaction of originally independent systems yields a self-organizing system de facto, and engineers must take these characteristics into account to manage them. This review surveys current work in this field and outlines its main themes, identifies challenges for future research, and addresses the continuity between software engineering in general and techniques appropriate for self-organizing systems.

keywordssoftware engineering, self-organization, distributed systems, decentralized computing, emergent behavior