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MBA4SoSi: A Model-Based Architecture to Integrate Systems into System-of-Sytems


A System of Systems (SoS) is a way of integrating independent systems and their relationships, forming a whole bigger than the sum of its parts. Thus, a SoS allows the achievement of complex goals that would not be easily achieved individually by its constituent systems. In a SoS, emergent behavior can arise at any time and should be easy to model. Ideally, a SoS should satisfy several characteristics like operational and managerial independece of the constituents, geographic distribution, emergent behavior and evolutive development. Since these concepts are recent, they still have a variety of open research topics - for example - the integration among the SoS constituents has many open areas to be explored, such as the complexity of the interactions, the inherent complexity of constituents, interfaces incompatibility, and evolution (both of constituents and of the SoS itself). Therefore, this research project has the objective of proposing an architectural solution to solve part of these problems and, consequently, ease the composition of systems into SoS. The architecture should be based on services to facilitate the interaction among constituents. It should be also based on model-driven development to enable both the interfaces compatibility and evolution of the constituents and of the SoS. The proposed solution will be validated by two case studies: the first to integrate software reuse tools towards a global software reuse SoS, and the second to integrate Internet of Things (IoT) applications. (AU)

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