Designing and managing evolving systems using a MAS product line approach

J Pena, MG Hinchey, M Resinas, R Sterritt, JL Rash

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We view an evolutionary system as being a software product line. The core architecture is the unchanging part of the system, and each version of the system may be viewed as a product from the product line. Each “product” may be described as the core architecture with some agent-based additions. The result is a multiagent system software product line. We describe an approach to such a software product line-based approach using the MaCMAS agent-oriented methodology. The approach scales to enterprise architectures as a multiagent system is an appropriate means of representing a changing enterprise architecture and the interaction between components in it. In addition, we reduce the gap between the enterprise architecture and the software architecture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-86
JournalScience of Computer Programming
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2007


  • Keywords: Multiagent systems product lines
  • Enterprise architecture evolution
  • Swarm-based systems


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