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Adding Executable Context to Executable Architectures: Shifting Towards a Knowledge-Based Validation Paradigm for System-of-Systems Architectures

Johnny Garcia and Andreas Tolk

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


Validating system architecture before building the systems specified therein is a long persuaded goal. Research on validating operational architectures has the potential to mature the discipline of architectural development to the point that it more closely resembles approaches followed by other technical disciplines, such as systems engineering and operations research. Necessary developmental states include designing, specifying, and constructing elements that are used to build the system architecture. Architectural specifications which support collaboration amongst designers, programmers and stakeholders – who will procure, test and ultimately use such systems – are genuinely needed. However, such specifications in architecture and their consequential products need to be completely dynamic to support these collaborative dialogs and to allow stakeholders to understand how the system is intended to conclusively function.

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