Semantic Matching of Components at run-time in Distributed Environments
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Software factories are a key element in Component-Based Software Engineering due to the common space provided for software reuse through repositories of components. These repositories can be developed by third parties in order to be inspected and used by different organizations, and they can also be distributed in different locations. Therefore, there is a need for a trading service that manages all available components. In this paper, we describe a matching process based on syntactic and semantic information of software components. This matching operation is part of a trading service which is in charge of generating configurations of components from architectural definitions. With this aim, the proposed matching allows us to evaluate and score the possible configurations, thus guiding a search process to build the architectural solution which best fulfills an input definition.