|Thesis abstract: |
In the domain of computing systems, two trends nowadays appear evident. One is a steadily increasing complexity of architectures and applications, the other is an attempt to make systems as 'self adaptive' as possible, in order to have them maintain certain levels of performance and/or reliability in the presence of varying environmental conditions. In the last years, much interest can also be
observed for the use of control-related methods to control computing systems, in a view to cast the mentioned quest for adaptation in the natural framework of feedback control. This work attempts in some sense to start synchronising all the developments above, by fostering
the use of the systems and control theory also in the design of computing systems.