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Architecture definition in complex system design using model theory

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posted on 21.02.2020, 09:37 by Charles Dickerson, Mike Wilkinson, Eugenie Hunsicker, Siyuan Ji, Mole Li, Yves Bernard, Graham Bleakley, Peter Denno
Architecture definition, which is central to system design, is one of the two most used technical processes in the practice of model-based systems engineering. In this article, a fundamental approach to architecture definition is presented and demonstrated. The success of its application to engineering problems depends on a precise but practical definition of the term architecture. In the standard for architecture description, ISO/IEC/IEEE 42010:2011, a definition was adopted that has been subsumed into later standards. In 2018, the working group JTC1/SC7/WG42 on system architecture began a review of the adopted definition, holding sessions late in the year. This article extends and complements a position paper submitted during the meetings, in which Tarski model theory and ISO/IEC 24707:2018 (logic-based languages) were used to better understand relationships between system models and concepts related to architecture. Independent from the working group, it now contributes intuitive fundamental definitions of the terms architecture and system that are used to specify a mathematically based technical process for architecture definition. The engineering utility and benefits to complex system design are demonstrated in a diesel engine emissions reduction case study.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Science

Department

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Computer Science

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IEEE Systems Journal

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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© IEEE

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Acceptance date

15/02/2020

Publication date

2020-03-04

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1932-8184

eISSN

1937-9234

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Charles Dickerson. Deposit date: 18 February 2020

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