Defining Autonomic Computing: A software engineering perspective

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Proceedings of 2005 Australian Software Engineering Conference, 2005, pp. 88 - 97
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As a rapidly growing field, Autonomic Computing is a promising new approach for developing large scale distributed systems. However, while the vision of achieving self-management in computing systems is well established, the field still lacks a commonly accepted definition of what an Autonomic Computing system is. Without a common definition to dictate the direction of development, it is not possible to know whether a system or technology is a part of Autonomic Computing, or if in fact an Autonomic Computing system has already been built. The purpose of this paper is to establish a standardised and quantitative definition of Autonomic Computing through the application of the Quality Metrics Framework described in IEEE Std 1061-1998 [1]. Through the application of this methodology, stakeholders were systematically analysed and evaluated to obtain a balanced and structured definition of Autonomic Computing. This definition allows for further development and implementation of quality metrics, which are project-specific, quantitative measurements that can be used to validate the success of future Autonomic Computing projects.
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