A3 architecture overviews for systems-of-systems

Rien Kooistra, Gerrit Maarten Bonnema, J. Skowronek, J. Skowronek

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This work describes how the A3 architecture overviews (A3AO) tool, developed by Borches (Borches Juzgado, 2010) for reverse architecting of complex systems, can be used for the description of Systems of Systems (SoS). Where the tool originally focuses on the description of the architecture of a system aspect on an A3, this paper treats how an SoS architecture is described on a single A3AO. This difference emphasizes some of the key features of A3AO’s: condensation of architecture knowledge until only the essentials remain and the ability of communicating the descriptions among different disciplines. A case study into the subject is done, describing a complex SoS developed by the Naval Systems department of Thales Nederland B.V. in Hengelo, The Netherlands. In order to initiate the creation of this A3AO, a research methodology consisting of interviews, a questionnaire and testing phases is defined and executed. This research methodology applies a reverse architecting approach as defined in Muller (Muller, 1996) and Borches (Borches Juzgado, 2010). Results from the research are given, and the applicability of the tool for the described purpose is evaluated. Using these results, an approach to the creation of high level A3AO’s is defined. Ultimately it is concluded that, with small adaptations, the A3AO tool can be used for the description of SoS.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Complex Systems Design & Management 2012
EditorsM. Aiguier, Y. Caseau, D. Krob, A. Rouzy
Place of PublicationParis
Publication statusPublished - 12 Dec 2012
EventCSD&M, Complex Systems Design & Management 2012 - Paris
Duration: 12 Dec 201214 Dec 2012


ConferenceCSD&M, Complex Systems Design & Management 2012
Other12-12-2012 - 14-12-2012


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