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Towards a generic architecture and methodology for multi-goal, highly-distributed and dynamic autonomic systems

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Abstract

Autonomic control is vital to the success of large-scale distributed and open IoT systems, which must simultaneously cater for the interests of several parties. However, developing and maintaining autonomic controllers is highly difficult and costly. To illustrate this problem,
this paper considers a system that could be deployed in the future, integrating smart homes within a smart microgrid.
The paper addresses this problem from a Software Engineering perspective, building on the authors’ experience with devising autonomic systems and including recent work on integration design patterns. The contribution focuses on a generic architecture for multi-goal, adaptable and open autonomic systems, exemplified via the development of a concrete autonomic application for
the smart micro-grid. Our long-term goal is to progressively identify and develop reusable artefacts, such as paradigms, models and frameworks for helping the development of autonomic applications, which are vital for reaching the full potential of IoT systems.