Valentina Castiglioni ; Michele Loreti ; Simone Tini - A framework to measure the robustness of programs in the unpredictable environment

lmcs:8780 - Logical Methods in Computer Science, July 7, 2023, Volume 19, Issue 3 - https://doi.org/10.46298/lmcs-19(3:2)2023
A framework to measure the robustness of programs in the unpredictable environmentArticle

Authors: Valentina Castiglioni ; Michele Loreti ; Simone Tini

    Due to the diffusion of IoT, modern software systems are often thought to control and coordinate smart devices in order to manage assets and resources, and to guarantee efficient behaviours. For this class of systems, which interact extensively with humans and with their environment, it is thus crucial to guarantee their correct behaviour in order to avoid unexpected and possibly dangerous situations. In this paper we will present a framework that allows us to measure the robustness of systems. This is the ability of a program to tolerate changes in the environmental conditions and preserving the original behaviour. In the proposed framework, the interaction of a program with its environment is represented as a sequence of random variables describing how both evolve in time. For this reason, the considered measures will be defined among probability distributions of observed data. The proposed framework will be then used to define the notions of adaptability and reliability. The former indicates the ability of a program to absorb perturbation on environmental conditions after a given amount of time. The latter expresses the ability of a program to maintain its intended behaviour (up-to some reasonable tolerance) despite the presence of perturbations in the environment. Moreover, an algorithm, based on statistical inference, is proposed to evaluate the proposed metric and the aforementioned properties. We use two case studies to the describe and evaluate the proposed approach.


    Volume: Volume 19, Issue 3
    Published on: July 7, 2023
    Accepted on: May 20, 2023
    Submitted on: December 1, 2021
    Keywords: Computer Science - Logic in Computer Science

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