Modelling and Analysing Contextual Failures for Dependability Requirements.

Mendonça, D., Ali, R. and Rodrigues, G., 2014. Modelling and Analysing Contextual Failures for Dependability Requirements. In: The 9th International Symposium on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems (SEAMS 2014), 3--4 June 2014, Hyderabad, India..

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Abstract

The notion of Contextual Requirements refers to the inter- relation between the requirements of a system, both func- tional and non-functional (NFRs), and the dynamic environ- ment in which the system operates. Dependability require- ments are NFRs which could also be context-dependent. The meaning and the consequence of faults affecting de- pendability vary in relation to the context in which a fault occurs. In this paper, we elaborate on the need to consider the contextual nature of failures and dependability. Then, we extend a contextual requirements model, the contextual goal model, to capture contextual failures and utilize that to enrich the semantic of dependability requirements. We provide techniques to analyse and reason about the effects of contexts on failures and their consequences. This analy- sis helps evaluate the possible alternative configurations to reach goals from dependability perspective and, hence, take adaptation decisions. Finally, we demonstrate the feasibil- ity and applicability of our approach on a Mobile Personal Emergency Response system.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Requirements engineering, Dependability, Context
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:21899
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:27 Apr 2015 15:53
Last Modified:27 Apr 2015 15:53

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