Towards an algebra of architectural connectors: A case study on synchronization for mobility

Michel Wermelinger, José Luiz Fiadeiro

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Abstract

To cope with the flexibility and extensibility needed for the specification of the architecture of evolving software systems, it is useful to have a set of primitive connectors from which new ones can be created in a systematic way as needs arise and to connect components only when they are required to interact. This could be achieved with a connector algebra whose constants are given primitive connectors and whose operations allow the (transient) creation of new connectors. This paper is a step towards that goal. We put forward an application-independent connector for partial action synchronization and three generic operations. Applied to the basic connector, they provide applicationspecific connectors for inhibition and full synchronization of actions. Moreover, we associate to each connector a condition stating when it should be applied to components., Grant: This work was partially supported by JNICT through contracts PRAXIS XXI 2/2.1/MAT/46/94 (ESCOLA) and PRAXIS XXI 2/2.1/TIT/1662/95 (SARA) and by EQUITEL SA through project ARTS.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 1998
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages135-143
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)0818684399, 9780818684395
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Apr 1998
Event9th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 1998 - Mie, Japan
Duration: 16 Apr 199818 Apr 1998

Conference

Conference9th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 1998
CountryJapan
CityMie
Period16/04/9818/04/98

Keywords

  • Algebra
  • Connectors
  • Computer aided software engineering
  • Read only memory
  • Software architecture
  • Forward contracts
  • Mobile computing
  • Access protocols
  • Subspace constraints
  • Computer architecture

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    Wermelinger, M., & Fiadeiro, J. L. (1998). Towards an algebra of architectural connectors: A case study on synchronization for mobility. In Proceedings of the 9th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 1998 (pp. 135-143). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1109/IWSSD.1998.667928