Large-scale complex IT systems


Society depends on complex IT systems created by integrating and orchestrating independently managed systems. The incredible increase in scale and complexity in them over the past decade means new software-engineering techniques are needed to help us cope with their inherent complexity. The key characteristic of these systems is that they are assembled from other systems that are independently controlled and managed. While there is increasing awareness in the software engineering community of related issues, the most relevant background work comes from systems engineering. The interacting algos that led to the Flash Crash represent an example of a coalition of systems, serving the purposes of their owners and cooperating only because they have to. The owners of the individual systems were competing finance companies that were often mutually hostile. Each system jealously guarded its own information and could change without consulting any other system.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer Science(all)
Publication ISSN: 1557-7317
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Published Date: 2012-07
Authors: Sommerville, Ian
Cliff, Dave
Calinescu, Radu
Keen, Justin
Kelly, Tim
Kwiatkowska, Marta
McDermid, John
Paige, Richard



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