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Self-adaptation made easy with Blockchains

Sedgewick, Peter E. and de Lemos, Rogério (2018) Self-adaptation made easy with Blockchains. In: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Software Engineering for Adaptive and Self-Managing Systems. ICSE International Conference on Software Engineering . ACM, New York, USA. ISBN 978-1-4503-5715-9. (doi:10.1145/3194133.3194150) (KAR id:66569)


This position paper describes how blockchains facilitate the implementation of distributed self-adaptive systems. We demonstrate how the master/slave decentralised control pattern for self-adaptive systems, integrated with a permissioned blockchain, can protect nodes of a network against attacks by continuously adapting the membership of an access control list. Whenever malicious behaviour is detected, consensus on an updated access control list is reached, and that node is removed from the network. Using a smart home, as an example, we demonstrate that a permissioned blockchain is able to maintain a consistent view of a network of Internet of Things (IoT) devices in the presence of malicious nodes.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/3194133.3194150
Uncontrolled keywords: self-adapive systems, blockchains, IoT, MultiChain, access control
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming, > QA76.76 Computer software
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Rogerio de Lemos
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2018 15:42 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2022 22:08 UTC
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