Special Issue on Architecture Sustainability
Final submissions due: 1 April 2013
Publication date: November/December 2013
Change is the norm in software, and architects must address and embrace it to ensure the architecture can endure different types of change via efficient maintenance and evolution throughout its entire lifecycle. Some changes might only affect local parts of a system, while others have more systemic impact that can involve various stakeholders and disciplines.
In general, architects can employ three approaches to handle change: refactoring, renovating and rearchitecting. Such strategies contribute to the overall area of architecture sustainability—but have yet to be treated as a coherent whole. The aim of this special issue is to encourage such discussions.
Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- State of the art and practice in architecture sustainability
- Recognizing architectural sustainability problems early by architecture introspection (performed by the architects themselves) and assessment (performed by a third party)
- Fundamental elements of architecture refactoring, re-architecting and renovating, how they complement each other, and strategies for recognizing when they are appropriate
- Ensuring architecture sustainability through architecture governance
- Processes, tools and technologies to support refactoring, renovating, re-architecting and their governance
- Managing traceability between requirements and architecture decisions that lead to architecture success or problems
- The effect of architectural drift or erosion on architectural sustainability and potential counter-measures
- Achieving architecture sustainability through migration to modern computing environments (e.g. cloud computing)
- Measuring architecture sustainability
- Managing the sustainability of product lines comprised of multiple products that have common and individual changes
Manuscripts must not exceed 4,700 words including figures and tables, which count for 200 words each. Submissions in excess of these limits may be rejected without refereeing. The articles we deem within the theme and scope will be peer-reviewed and are subject to editing for magazine style, clarity, organization, and space. We reserve the right to edit the title of all submissions. Be sure to include the name of the theme or special issue you are submitting for.
Articles should have a practical orientation and be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Overly complex, purely research-oriented or theoretical treatments are not appropriate. Articles should be novel. IEEE Software does not republish material published previously in other venues, including other periodicals and formal conference/workshop proceedings, whether previous publication was in print or in electronic form.
For more information about the focus, contact the Guest Editors:
- Paris Avgeriou, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
- Michael Stal, Siemens Corporate Technology, Germany
- Rich Hilliard, software systems architect, USA
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