GoalD: A Goal-Driven Deployment Framework for Dynamic and Heterogeneous Computing Environments
Journal article, 2019

Emerging paradigms like Internet of Things and Smart Cities utilize advanced sensing and communication infrastructures, where heterogeneity is an inherited feature. Applications targeting such environments require adaptability and context-sensitivity to uncertain availability and failures in resources and their ad-hoc networks. Such heterogeneity is often hard to predict, making the deployment process a challenging task.

This paper proposes GoalD as a goal-driven framework to support autonomous deployment of heterogeneous computational resources to fulfill requirements, seen as goals, and their correlated components on one hand, and the variability space of the hosting computing and sensing environment on the other hand.

GoalD comprises an offline and an online stage to fulfill autonomous deployment by leveraging the use of goals. Deployment configuration strategies arise from the variability structure of the Contextual Goal Model as an underlying structure to guide autonomous planning by selecting available as well as suitable resources at runtime.

We evaluate GoalD on an existing exemplar from the self-adaptive systems community – the Tele Assistance Service provided by Weyns and Calinescu [1]. Furthermore, we evaluate the scalability of GoalD on a repository consisting of 430,500 artifacts. The evaluation results demonstrate the usefulness and scalability of GoalD in planning the deployment of a system with thousands of components in a few milliseconds.

GoalD is a framework to systematically tackle autonomous deployment in highly heterogeneous computing environments, partially unknown at design-time following a goal-oriented approach to achieve the user goals in a target environment. GoalD has demonstrated itself able to scale for deployment planning dealing with thousands of components in a few milliseconds.


Gabriel S. Rodrigues

University of Brasilia

Felipe P. Guimarães

Brazilian Space Agency (AEB)

G. Nunes Rodrigues

University of Brasilia

Alessia Knauss

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

João Paulo C. de Araújo

University of Brasilia

Hugo Sica de Andrade

Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering (Chalmers), Software Engineering (Chalmers)

Raian Ali

Bournemouth University

Information and Software Technology

0950-5849 (ISSN)

Vol. 111 159-176

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Software Engineering

Information Science

Computer Science



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