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Interface Specification for System-of-Systems Architectures

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Richard Payne, Dr Jeremy Bryans, Professor John Fitzgerald, Dr Stephen RiddleORCiD



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.

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Author(s): Payne R, Bryans J, Fitzgerald J, Riddle S

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2012

Pages: 26

Print publication date: 01/05/2012

Source Publication Date: May 2012

Report Number: 1335

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne