Applying constraint solving to the management of distributed applications

Andrew McCarthy, Alan Dearle, Graham Kirby

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We present our approach for deploying and managing distributed component-based applications. A Desired State Description (DSD), written in a high-level declarative language, specifies requirements for a distributed application. Our infrastructure accepts a DSD as input, and from it automatically configures and deploys the distributed application. Subsequent violations of the original requirements are detected and, where possible, automatically rectified by reconfiguration and redeployment of the necessary application components. A constraint solving tool is used to plan deployments that meet the application requirements.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of St Andrews
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • cs.DC
  • cs.SE
  • Distributed, parallel and cluster computing
  • Software engineering


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