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When to Adapt? Identification of Problem Domains for Adaptive Systems

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Publication date2008
Host publicationREFSQ '08: Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Requirements Engineering
EditorsBarbara Paech, Colette Rolland
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)978-3-540-69060-3
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Dynamically adaptive systems (DASs) change behaviour at run-time to operate in volatile environments. As we learn how best to design and build systems with greater autonomy, we must also consider when to do so. Thus far, DASs have tended to showcase the benefits of adaptation infrastructures with little understanding of what characterizes the problem domains that require run-time adaptation. This position paper posits that context-dependent variation in the acceptable trade-offs between non-functional requirements is a key indicator of problems that require dynamically adaptive solutions.