"Reusable Coordination Components: Reliable Development of Cooperative Information Systems";
International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems,
Today´s emerging trends like factory of the future, big data, Internet-of-things, intelligent traffic solutions, cyber-physical systems, wireless sensor networks, smart home, smart city and smart grid raise new challenges on software development. They are characterized by high concurrency, distribution and dynamics as well as huge numbers of heterogeneous devices, resources and users that must collaborate in a reliable way. The management of the interactions and dependencies between the participants is a complex
task posing massive coordination problems. The here proposed approach is twofold: (i) to analyze similarities in the communication and synchronization behavior of such applications and to identify coordination patterns; and (ii) to give a precise specification
of them by means of a suitable coordination model which enables the development of coordination pattern-based software components as solutions. The vision is to compose advanced cooperative information systems from proven, configurable, reusable, generic components that run on a suitable target platform, in order to reduce software development time, risks and costs. In this paper we delimit the idea of "coordination patterns" from other related pattern approaches and motivate the need for a well-defined model to specify them. Several coordination models to achieve this goal are discussed, and the advantages of a new coordination model termed the "Peer Model" are pointed out. The feasibility of the approach to identify coordination patterns, to model them and to provide generic components that can be reused in different scenarios through configuration and composition is evaluated by means of a coordination pattern found in several
industrial use cases.
Coordination pattern; coordination model; pattern solution; generic coordination component; space-based middleware
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