Task-Oriented Engineering of Coordinated Software Systems

Enrico Denti, Andrea Omicini, Alessandro Ricci

Concurrent Engineering – The Vision for the Future Generation in Research and Applications, pp. 199-205
A.A. Balkema Publishers
Ricardo Jardim-Gonçalves, Jianzhong Cha, Adolfo Steiger-Garção (a cura di)
10th ISPE International Conference, Madeira, Portugal, 26-30 July 2003. Proceedings

In the context of Internet-based applications where heterogeneous, legacy entities should integrate and cooperate, the efficiency of the software production process is a key problem: yet, the classical development cycle and methodologies fall short, calling for ad hoc abstractions, methodologies and tools.
In this work, we claim that a task-oriented approach can effectively support the design of highly-interactive applications, enabling even small development teams to afford complex software projects. By explicitly conceiving system engineering in terms of concurrent tasks plus task coordination, this approach promotes the application of innovative management techniques to improve the overall product development process, such as concurrent software engineering.
Coordination models and infrastructures for agent-based systems will then be discussed as suitable means to deliver the full potential of this approach, sketching their support to concurrent software engineering techniques and to the development of a collaborative environment for concurrent engineering.

Author = {Denti, Enrico and Omicini, Andrea and Ricci, Alessandro},
Booktitle = {Concurrent Engineering -- The Vision for the Future Generation in Research and Applications},
Editor = {Jardim-Gon\c{c}alves, Ricardo and Cha, Jianzhong and Steiger-Gar\c{c}\~{a}o, Adolfo},
Isbn = {90-5809-622-X},
Isbn-Cd = {90-5809-625-4},
Isbn-Vol = {90-5809-623-8},
Note = {10th ISPE International Conference, Madeira, Portugal, 26--30~} # jul # {~2003. Proceedings},
Pages = {199--205},
Publisher = {A.A. Balkema Publishers},
Title = {Task-Oriented Engineering of Coordinated Software Systems},
Volume = {``Enhanced Interoperable Systems''},
WosId = {000185175400027},
Year = 2003

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