Thesis Topic Details

Topic ID:
1140
Title:
Architecture for Ultra-Large-Scale (ULS) Systems
Supervisor:
Liming Zhu
Research Area:
Software Engineering
Associated Staff
Assessor:
Mark Staples
Topic Details
Status:
Active
Type:
R & D
Programs:
BINF BIOM CE CS SE
Group Suitable:
Yes
Industrial:
No
Pre-requisites:
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Description:
Vertical industries have been developing e-business standards to improve their business-to-business interoperability, and to foster efficient and organically-grown industry-wide systems. Such systems and their horizontal interactions with even larger ecosystems are effectively an Ultra-Large-Scale (ULS) system [1]. E-Business standards are essentially a set of governing rules for these ULS systems. It is critical that these governing rules address the socio-technical ecosystem (rather than system of systems) challenges recognized for ULS system, promote overall system quality, and cope with long-term, self-regulating, continuous evolution.
In this project, students will investigate architectural issues unique to a ULS system. The role of architecture in this case is significantly different from traditional technical architecture which focuses on structural components and connectors. In order to address both the business perspective and ULS system challenges, the architecture needs to balance consistency and variety, address competing needs from different parties and consider trade-offs between prescriptive guidance and an ability to evolve.
Students will work with one of Australia's leading e-Business standardization body to solve real-world problems. The work will contribute to the standardization body directly. Students may also have the opportunity to do additional work, which will be qualified for "Industry Training" required by the school. Students will work closely with researchers at National ICT Australia in a very friendly team environment. Suitable for students interested in software design, web services and industry-scale development. For more information, please email: Liming Zhu limingz@cse.unsw.edu.au. This topic will be also co-supervised by Prof. Ross Jeffery (http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/db/staff/info/rossj.html).
Comments:
http://www.sei.cmu.edu/uls/
Past Student Reports
  Daniel S H HO in s2, 2010
Architecture for Ultra-Large-Scale (ULS) Systems
 

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