Architecture decisions in different product classes for complex products

Jankovic, Marija and Eckert, Claudia (2016). Architecture decisions in different product classes for complex products. Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing, 30 pp. 217–234.



Many of the most fundamental decisions about a product are made during the system architecture design process. However, how system architecture is designed in practice is not well understood. This paper draws on several research studies related to system architecture design to develop a categorization of system architecture design processes to support the adaptation design methodologies and tools to specific situations. The paper reviews different definitions of system architecture and comments on the relevance of the different perspectives taken in the literature on system architecture to different types of system architecture. The research highlights the need for further empirical research on system architecture design processes as well as on tools to support the engineers creating the system architecture.

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