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Developing highly complex distributed systems: a software engineering perspective

  • Marco Autili1,
  • Paola Inverardi1,
  • Patrizio Pelliccione1Email author and
  • Massimo Tivoli1
Journal of Internet Services and Applications20113:48

DOI: 10.1007/s13174-011-0048-5

Received: 8 November 2011

Accepted: 12 November 2011

Published: 25 November 2011


What is a highly complex distributed system in the future era? What are the needs that may drive the development of such systems? And what is their life cycle? Is there any new challenge for Software Engineering (SE)? In this paper, we try to provide a partial answer to the above questions by characterizing few application domains that we consider of raising interest in the next years. Our thesis is that there is a need to rethink the whole software process for such systems. The traditional boundaries between static and dynamic activities disappear and development support mingles with run time support thus invading the middleware territory.


Future Internet Service-oriented computing Service-oriented middleware Cloud computing Middleware-based software process