MuSCa: A Multiscale Characterization Framework for Complex Distributed Systems

Sam Rottenberg, Sébastien Leriche, Chantal Taconet, Claire Lecocq, Thierry Desprats
2014 Proceedings of the 2014 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems  
Nowadays, complex systems are distributed over several levels of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructures. They may involve very small devices such as sensors and RFID, but also powerful systems such as Cloud computers and knowledge bases, as well as intermediate devices such as smartphones and personal computers. These systems are sometimes referred to as multiscale systems. The word "multiscale" may qualify various distributed systems according to different viewpoints
more » ... ch as their geographic dispersion, the networks they are deployed on, or their users' organizations. For one entity of the multiscale system, communication technologies, non-functional properties (for persistence or security purpose) or architectures to be favored may vary from one scale to another. Moreover, ad hoc architecture of such complex systems are costly and non-sustainable. In this paper, we propose a scaleawareness framework, called MuSCa. This framework includes a characterization process based on the concepts of viewpoints, dimensions and scales. These concepts constitute the core of a dedicated metamodel. The proposed framework allows multiscale software designers to share a taxonomy for qualifying their own system. At system design time, the result of such a qualification is a model from which the framework produces scale-awareness artifacts. As an illustration of this model-driven approach, we show how multiscale probes are generated to provide multiscale components with an embedded scale-awareness ability. Index Terms-Multiscale Distributed systems, Model Driven Engineering
doi:10.15439/2014f131 dblp:conf/fedcsis/RottenbergLTLD14 fatcat:4dhtsvq3sfdgnf4bd7j6dmocqy