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Survivability Assurance for System of Systems

Abstract

Complexity and change pervade today's organizations. Organizational and technology components that must work together may be created, managed, and maintained by different entities. Net-centric operations and service-oriented architectures will push this trend further, increasing the layers of people, processes, and systems. Existing analysis mechanisms do not provide a way to (1) focus on challenges arising from integrating multiple systems, (2) consider architecture tradeoffs carrying impacts beyond a single system, and (3) consider the linkage of technology to critical organizational functions. In response, a team at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) built an analysis framework to evaluate the quality of the linkage among roles, dependencies, constraints, and risks for critical technology capabilities in the face of change. 

The Survivability Analysis Framework (SAF), a structured view of people, process, and technology, was developed to help organizations analyze and understand stresses and gaps to survivability for operational and proposed business processes. The SAF is designed to

  • identify potential problems with existing or near-term interoperations among components within today's network environments
  • highlight the impact on survivability as constrained interoperation moves to more dynamic connectivity
  • increase assurance that mission threads can survive in the presence of stress and possible failure

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SEI

Ellison, Robert; Goodenough, John; Weinstock, Charles; & Woody, Carol. Survivability Assurance for System of Systems (CMU/SEI-2008-TR-008). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8693

IEEE

Ellison. Robert, Goodenough. John, Weinstock. Charles, and Woody. Carol, "Survivability Assurance for System of Systems," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2008-TR-008, 2008. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8693

APA

Ellison, Robert., Goodenough, John., Weinstock, Charles., & Woody, Carol. (2008). Survivability Assurance for System of Systems (CMU/SEI-2008-TR-008). Retrieved July 25, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8693

CHI

Robert Ellison, John Goodenough, Charles Weinstock, & Carol Woody. Survivability Assurance for System of Systems (CMU/SEI-2008-TR-008). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2008. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8693

MLA

Ellison, Robert., Goodenough, John., Weinstock, Charles., & Woody, Carol. 2008. Survivability Assurance for System of Systems (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2008-TR-008). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=8693