Trustworthy Organic Computing Systems: Challenges and Perspectives

Jan-Philipp Steghöfer, Rolf Kiefhaber, Karin Leichtenstern, Yvonne Bernard, Lukas Klejnowski, Wolfgang Reif, Theo Ungerer, Elisabeth André, Jörg Hähner, Christian Müller-Schloer. Trustworthy Organic Computing Systems: Challenges and Perspectives . In Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Autonomic and Trusted Computing (ATC 2010). Springer, 2010.


Organic Computing (OC) systems di er from classical software systems as the topology and the participating components of the system are not prede ned and therefore are subject to unforeseeable change during the systems’ runtime. Thus, completely new challenges to the veri cation and validation of such systems as well as for interactions between system components and, of course, between the system and the user arise. These challenges can be subsumed by the terms trustworthiness or trust. This paper proposes { after exploring the notions and principles of trust in the literature { a de nition of trust which encompasses all aspects that de ne the trustworthiness of an Organic Computing system. It then outlines the di erent research challenges that have to be tackled in order to provide an understanding of trust in OC-systems and gives perspectives on how this endeavour can be taken on. Current research initiatives in the area of trust in computing systems are reviewed and discussed.