Higher-order architectural connectors

Antónia Lopes, Michel Wermelinger, José Luiz Fiadeiro

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We develop a notion of higher-order connector towards supporting the systematic construction of architectural connectors for software design. A higher-order connector takes connectors as parameters and allows for services such as security protocols and fault-tolerance mechanisms to be superposed over the interactions that are handled by the connectors passed as actual arguments. The notion is first illustrated over CommUnity, a parallel program design language that we have been using for formalizing aspects of architectural design. A formal, algebraic semantics is then presented which is independent of any Architectural Description Language. Finally, we discuss how our results can impact software design methods and tools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-104
Number of pages41
JournalACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2003


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  • Theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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