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CFP - JSS, Elsevier - Special issue on adaptive and reconfigurable software systems and architectures

Call for papers

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Journal of Systems and Software (JSS, Elsevier)
Impact Factor: 1.245 (5-Year Impact Factor: 1.443)

Special issue on Adaptive and reconfigurable software systems and architectures
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The focal concerns are Service-oriented and component-based software systems, applications and architectures addressing adaptation and reconfiguration issues. Different investigation topics are involved, such as: CBSE, SOA, Functional and Non Functional (NF) requirements (QoS, performance, resilience), monitoring, diagnosis, decision and execution of adaptation and reconfiguration. Different research axes are covered: concepts, methods, techniques, and tools to design, develop, deploy and manage adaptive and reconfigurable software systems.

The development of composite services poses very interesting challenges concerning their functional and NF requirements. On the one hand, a composite software system depends on the NF requirements of its constituting components in order to provide a satisfactory service to the user. On the other hand, the main issues for the fulfilment of QoS and service level agreements (SLA) are concerned with performance variability. Indeed, the QoS may evolve frequently, either because of internal changes or because of workload fluctuations. The performance and the robustness of the composite software system may be significantly improved by monitoring the execution of the components and by flexibly reacting to degradation and anomalies in a timely fashion.

The concept of adaptive and reconfigurable software systems has been introduced in order to describe architectures, which exhibit such properties. An adaptive and reconfigurable software system can repair itself if any execution problems occur, in order to successfully complete its own execution, while respecting functional and NF agreements. In the design of an adaptive and reconfigurable software system, several aspects have to be considered. For instance, the system should be able to predict or to detect degradations and failures as soon as possible and to enact suitable recovery actions. Moreover, different NF requirements service levels might be considered in order to complete the execution in case of failure.

======= TOPICS ======= 

The special issue only solicits and accepts papers whose major contributions are within the domain of software engineering. Authors should refer to the highlighted scope of the JSS on the journal homepage for the precise scope of the JSS http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-systems-and-software/#scope.

Contributions are devoted to functional and non-functional adaptability and reconfiguration management in service-oriented and component-based software systems. Specifically, the relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

Distributed and centralized collaborative solutions for the diagnosis and repair of software systems
Design for the diagnosability and repairability
Collaborative Management of NF requirements (quality, security, robustness, availability)
Monitoring simple and composite architectures, components and services
Semantic (or analytic) architectural and behavioral models for monitoring, planning and deployment of software systems
Dynamic reconfiguration of CB and SO software systems architectures
Software architecture design and validation for complex systems
Scalability management in software systems architectures
Collaborative planning and decision-making
Collaborative technologies for ensuring autonomic properties
Predictive management of adaptability.
Collaborative Management of autonomic properties
Experiences in practical adaptive and reconfigurable CB and SO applications
Tools and prototypes for managing adaptability of CB and SO applications


======= PAPER SUBMISSION ======= 

Submission deadline: October 15, 2014

All submissions have to be prepared according to the Guide for Authors as published in the journal website at http://ees.elsevier.com/jss/

Authors should select “SI:AROSA”, from the “Choose Article Type” pull-down menu during the submission process. All contributions must not have been previously published or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

A submission extended from a previous conference version has to contain at least 30% new material. Authors are requested to attach to the submitted paper their relevant, previously published articles and a summary document explaining the enhancements made in the journal version.


=======  Guest Editors ======= 

Khalil Drira( LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France)
Slim Kallel (FSEGS, University of Sfax, Tunisia)
Ismael Bouassida Rodriguez(LAAS-CNRS, University of Toulouse, France)

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