Search - Based Testing, the Underlying Engine of Future Internet Testing

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The future internet will be a complex interconnection of services, applications, content and media, on which the authors' society will become increasingly dependent. Time to market is crucial in Internet applications and hence release cycles grow ever shorter. This, coupled with the highly dynamic nature of the future internet will place new demands on software testing. Search - based testing is ideally placed to address these emerging challenges. Its techniques are highly flexible and robust to only partially observable systems. This paper presents an overview of search - based testing and discusses some of the open challenges remaining to make search - based techniques applicable to the future internet.