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JSW 2012 Vol.7(1): 169-175 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304/jsw.7.1.169-175

Specifying Dynamic Software Architectures with Dynamic Description Logic

Zhikun Zhao1 and Wei Li2
1School of Computer and Information Engineering, Shandong University of Finance, Jinan, Shandong, China, 250014
2School of Information & Communication Technology, Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia, 4702


Abstract—Dynamic software architectures provide support for building long running and reconfigurable applications. Formal specification is useful to the design of correct and robust dynamic software architectures. In this paper, dynamic software architectures are specified with dynamic description logic. Dynamic description logic inherits the expressiveness and decidability of description logic and it has the ability to represent state changes. Reconfigurable dataflow model, which is an extension of the widely used dataflow model, is used as the architecture meta-model. Architectures, reconfiguration operations, and reconfiguration plans are represented in a unified framework from the view point of data flow. Three levels of constraints have been proposed to aid designers in predetermining the possible side effects of reconfiguration plans. The work can guide the development of dynamic software systems from component definition to reconfiguration plan design.

Index Terms—dynamic software architecture, dynamic description logic, runtime reconfiguration.

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Cite:Zhikun Zhao and Wei Li, "Specifying Dynamic Software Architectures with Dynamic Description Logic," Journal of Software vol. 7, no.1, pp. 169-175, 2012.

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ISSN: 1796-217X (Online)
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Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Antanas Verikas
Executive Editor: Ms. Yoyo Y. Zhou
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