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A Template-Based Methodology for the Specification and Automated Composition of Performability Models

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Authors Leonardo Montecchi Paolo Lollini Andrea Bondavalli
Dependability and performance analysis of modern systems is facing great challenges: their scale is growing, they are becoming massively distributed, interconnected, and evolving. Such complexity makes model-based assessment a difficult and time-consuming task. For the evaluation of large systems, reusable submodels are typically adopted as an effective way to address the complexity and to improve the maintainability of models. When using state-based models, a common approach is to define libraries of generic submodels, and then compose concrete instances by state sharing, following predefined "patterns" that depend on the class of systems being modeled. However, such composition patterns are rarely formalized, or not even documented at all. We address this problem using a model-driven approach, which combines a language to specify reusable submodels and composition patterns, and an automated composition algorithm. Clearly defining libraries of reusable submodels, together with patterns for their composition, allows complex models to be automatically assembled, based on a high-level description of the scenario to be evaluated. This paper provides a solution to this problem focusing on: i) formally defining the concept of model templates, ii) defining a specification language for model templates, iii) defining an automated instantiation and composition algorithm, and iv) applying the approach to a case study of a large-scale distributed system.
DOI 10.1109/TR.2019.2898351
Journal IEEE Transactions on Reliability
Volume 69
Issue 1
Month March
Year 2020
Pages 293-309
Publisher IEEE
ISSN PRINT: 0018-9529
ELECTRONIC: 1558-1721

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