Integrative architecture elicitation for large computer based systems

P. Tabeling, B. Grone
2005 12th IEEE International Conference and Workshops on the Engineering of Computer-Based Systems (ECBS'05)  
Large and complex computer based systems are the result of an evolution process which may take many years. Heterogeneity is an important characteristic of such systems: During the evolution process, different technologies were used for development; different third-party products were integrated into the system; information about the system components is often incomplete, scattered over a company and comes in various formats. To support the development of large systems, this information has to
more » ... nformation has to be collected and integrated into architectural models. Hence, architecture elicitation of a large computer based system has to cope with the heterogeneity of technology and information sources. Some information can be extracted and prepared by tools, but the majority is usually inside documents and the heads of the developers. Therefore, in addition to tool support, this task requires a lot of abstraction which can only be done by humans. This paper presents concepts and abstractions for integrative modeling, based on the Fundamental Modeling Concepts. It provides the necessary abstractions to combine the information about the different system components, including third-party products and hardware, into one integrated architecture model. The approach reflects experiences from many architecture elicitation projects. It covers modeling patterns and typical abstractions, supported by guidelines for the elicitation process. The terminology and notation focuses on the communication about technical systems between persons being involved in system development. As a benefit, integrative models foster the efficient evolution of large systems, the introduction of new developers, or the handing over of a project.
doi:10.1109/ecbs.2005.46 dblp:conf/ecbs/TabelingG05 fatcat:d4mg4ac2dnefdlk5fxwzcx67vu