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Software Architectural Migration: An Automated Planning Approach

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posted on 2021-01-01, 00:00 authored by N Chondamrongkul, J Sun, I Warren
Software architectural designs are usually changed over time to support emerging technologies and to adhere to new principles. Architectural migration is an important activity that helps to transform the architectural styles applied during a system’s design with the result of modernising the system. If not performed correctly, this process could lead to potential system failures. This article presents an automated approach to refactoring architectural design and to planning the evolution process. With our solution, the architectural design can be refactored, ensuring that system functionality is preserved. Furthermore, the architectural migration process allows the system to be safely and incrementally transformed. We have evaluated our approach with five real-world software applications. The results prove the effectiveness of our approach and identify factors that impact the performance of architectural verification and migration planning. An interesting finding is that planning algorithms generate migration plans that differ in term of their relative efficiency.

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Journal

ACM Transactions on Software Engineering and Methodology

Volume

30

Pagination

1-35

Location

New York, N.Y.

ISSN

1049-331X

eISSN

1557-7392

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

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