Through a Glass, Darkly? Taking a Network Perspective on System-of-Systems Architectures.

Matt Potts, Pia Sartor, Angus Johnson, Seth Bullock

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A system-of-systems architecture can be thought of as a complex network comprising a set of entities of different types, connected together by a set of relationships, also of different types. A systems architect might attempt to make use of the analytic tools associated with network science when evaluating such architectures, anticipating that taking a “network perspective” might offer insights into their structure. However, taking a network perspective on real-world system-of-systems architectures is fraught with challenges. The relationship between the architecture and a network representation can be overly simplistic, meaning that network-theoretic models can struggle to respect, inter alia, the heterogeneity of system entities and their relationships, the richness of their behavior, and the vital role of context in an architecture. A more mature conceptualization of the relationship between architectures and their network representations is required before the lens of network science can offer a usefully clear view of architecture properties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplex Systems Design & Management. CSD&M 2018.
EditorsEric Bonjour, Daniel Krob, Luca Palladino, François Stephan
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-04209-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-04208-0
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2018


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