An Implementation Framework for Software Architectures Based on the Coordination Paradigm

George A. Papadopoulos, Aristos Stavrou, Odysseas Papapetrou
Department of Computer Science, University of Cyprus
75 Kallipoleos Street, P.O.B. 20537
CY-1678 Nicosia, Cyprus
{george, cs98sa2, cspapap}

Abstract: Software Architectures have evolved considerably over the last decade and, partly also due to 3 the significant progress made in component-based development, have become a major subfield of 4 Software Engineering. The associated field of Architecture Description Languages (ADLs) has also 5 evolved considerably, providing numerous approaches to the formal specification and representation 6 of architectural designs. In this field, one of its most interesting (and rather recent) aspects has 7 been the exploration of different ways to map architectural specifications down to executable 8 representations. In this paper, we present a methodology for mapping the generic features of any 9 typical ADL to executable code. The mapping process involves the use of ACME, a generic language 10 for describing software architectures, and the coordination paradigm. More to the point, we show how 11 the core concepts of ACME can be mapped to equivalent executable code written in the coordination 12 language Manifold. The result is the generation of skeletal code which captures and implements 13 the most important system implementation properties of the translated architectural design, thus 14 significantly assisting the programmer in filling in the rest of the needed code.

Accepted in: Science of Computer Programming (SCP) journal
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author= { George A. Papadopoulos and Odysseas Papapetrou },
title= {An Implementation Framework for Software Architectures Based on the Coordination Paradigm},
journal = {Science of Computer Programming},
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