As researchers and practitioners move towards a vision of software systems that configure, optimize, protect, and heal themselves, they must also consider the implications of such self-management activities on software reliability. Autonomic computing (AC) describes a new generation of software systems that are characterized by dynamically adaptive self-management features. During dynamic adaptation, autonomic systems modify their own structure and/or behavior in response to environmental changes. Adaptation can result in new system configurations and capabilities, which need to be validated at runtime to prevent costly system failures. However, although the pioneers of AC recognize that validating autonomic systems is critical to the success of the paradigm, the architectural blueprint for AC does not provide a workflow or supporting design models for runtime testing.
This dissertation presents a novel approach for seamlessly integrating runtime testing into autonomic software. The approach introduces an implicit self-test feature into autonomic software by tailoring the existing self-management infrastructure to runtime testing. Autonomic self-testing facilitates activities such as test execution, code coverage analysis, timed test performance, and post-test evaluation. In addition, the approach is supported by automated testing tools, and a detailed design methodology. A case study that incorporates self-testing into three autonomic applications is also presented. The findings of the study reveal that autonomic self-testing provides a flexible approach for building safe, reliable autonomic software, while limiting the development and performance overhead through software reuse.
|Advisor:||Clarke, Peter J.|
|School:||Florida International University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 71/01, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Autonomic computing, Autonomic software, Self-testing, Software testing|
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