de C. Guerra, P.A. and Rubira, Cecilia M. F. and Romanovsky, Alexander and de Lemos, Rogério
A Dependable Architecture for COTS-Based Software Systems using Protective Wrappers.
In: de Lemos, Rogério and Gacek, Cristina and Romanovsky, Alexander, eds.
Architecting Dependable Systems II.
Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3069
Springer, pp. 144-166.
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Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software components are built to
be used as black boxes that cannot be modified. The specific context in which
these COTS components are employed is not known to their developers. When
integrating such COTS components into systems, which have high
dependability requirements, there may be mismatches between the failure
assumptions of these components and the rest of the system. For resolving these
mismatches, system integrators must rely on techniques that are external to the
COTS software components. In this paper, we combine the concepts of an
idealised architectural component and protective wrappers to develop an
architectural solution that provides an effective and systematic way for building
dependable software systems from COTS software components.
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