Interface specification for system-of-systems architectures

Richard Payne, Jeremy Bryans, John Fitzgerald, Steve Riddle

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    Establishing that a system-of-systems (SoS) architecture respects global SoS-level properties is complex. Recording explicit technical interfaces at the boundaries of constituent systems would facilitate this, but support for the description of such interfaces is limited in current widely-used architectural notations. This paper identifies research challenges that arise from using the combination of SysML and the formal notation VDM to describe the interface specifications recorded at the boundaries of the constituent systems. The approach is illustrated with a case study based on an emergency services SoS.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2012 7th International Conference on System of Systems Engineering (SoSE)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4673-2975-0, 978-1-4673-2973-6
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4673-2974-3
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternational Conference on System of Systems Engineering - Genova, Italy
    Duration: 16 Jul 201219 Jul 2012
    Conference number: 7


    ConferenceInternational Conference on System of Systems Engineering
    Abbreviated titleSoSE
    Internet address


    • Gold
    • Contracts
    • Unified modeling language
    • Modeling
    • Emergency services
    • Silver
    • systems analysis
    • emergency services
    • formal specification
    • software architecture
    • specification languages
    • emergency services SoS
    • interface specification
    • system-of-systems architecture
    • explicit technical interface
    • architectural notation
    • SysML
    • VDM


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