An application server to support online evolution

  • Qianxiang Wang
  • Feng Chen
  • Hong Mei
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Abstract

Most online evolution of an application depends on its runtime environment. This paper addresses how to support online evolution by an application server, which is considered as a third kind of system software, besides OS and DBMS. From the view of requirements, evolutions of software can be divided into four categories: evolutions that do not alter requirements, evolutions that alter functional requirements, evolutions that alter local constraint requirements, and evolutions that alter global constraint requirements. All changes at the requirement level should be mapped to changes at the implementation level. In our approach implementation level entities, such as components and interceptors are responsible for online evolution. Evolutions in implementation level include adding, removing, updating, and reconfiguring the entities. One of the keys to our approach is to carefully distinguish states of components and interceptors, that is, whether they are in a ready, active, executing or evolving state. A well-designed architecture and feasible mechanisms for runtime instance loading are also keys to the solution. Based on this approach, an application server prototype, named PKUAS, has been implemented and is introduced in our paper.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Aerospace electronics
  • Application software
  • Computer bugs
  • Computer science
  • Containers
  • Operating systems
  • PKUAS
  • Prototypes
  • Runtime environment
  • Software prototyping
  • System software
  • application server
  • functional requirements
  • global constraint requirements
  • local constraint requirements
  • online evolution
  • runtime environment
  • software architecture
  • software components
  • software maintenance
  • software reliability
  • software reusability

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Authors

  • Qianxiang Wang

  • Feng Chen

  • Hong Mei

  • Fuqing Yang

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