Executable architecture – Survey and suitability assessment study of systems engineering standards and methodologies


  1. Bagnulo, A.
  2. Harvey, G.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);CGI Group Inc, Quebec Que (CAN)
This report provides a state-of-the-art review of Model-Based Systems Engineering standards and approaches that enable the development and use of executable architectures. Executable architectures bridge the gap between static architecture models and their representation and execution in a simulation environment allowing for dynamic verification and analysis of system capabilities, performance and effectiveness. Executable architectures move beyond a static representation by capturing system dynamic behaviour and by enabling the transformation of these platform-independent architecture models into platform-specific architecture models. Platform-independence allows for the architectural models to be interoperable and reusable among platform-specific simulation environments. This report contains an analysis of the main standards that have emerged in recent years and that have the potential to resolve the interoperability and reuse issues faced by the development of complex systems. These standards are complementary in nature. This report examines their ability to enable the automated exchange of information with simulation environments via executable architectures. In conclusion, recommendations are provided for a set of standards that have the potential of achieving the goal of executable architectures.

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2008-180 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
31 Mar 2008
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