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Understanding Patterns for System of Systems Integration

August 2013 Conference Paper
Rick Kazman, Klaus Schmid (University of Hildesheim), Claus Nielsen (Aarhus University), John Klein

This paper develops a way to characterize system-of-systems (SoS) integration patterns and highlights important issues that a SoS architect must consider.

Publisher:

IEEE

Abstract

Architecting systems of systems (SoS) is well known to be a formidable challenge. A major aspect is defining the integration among the systems that constitute the system of systems. In this paper, we aim to support the SoS architect by systematically developing a way to characterize SoS integration patterns. These characteristics at the same time support the architecting process by highlighting important issues that a SoS architect needs to consider. We discuss the consolidated template and illustrate it with an example pattern. We also discuss the integration of this novel pattern approach into the overall architecting process.