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Three Approaches to Complex System Decomposition

Three Approaches to Complex System Decomposition

Year: 2011

Section: DSM Methodology and Complexity Management

Editor: Eppinger, S. D., Maurer, M., Eben, K., Lindemann, U.

Author: Chiriac, N.; Hölttä-Otto, K.; Lysy, D.; Suh, E.S.

Section: DSM Methodology and Complexity Management

Pages: 3-17

Abstract

Most work on component or function based DSMs thus far starts with an assumption that decomposition is trivial. In this paper we introduce three distinct approaches to decomposing a complex system: assembly decomposition, functional decomposition and service based decomposition. Then we apply these guidelines to a Xerox printing system. We conclude that the results of architectural analysis, for a complex system, are directly affected by the approach taken to decompose the system and the whole to part ratio.

Keywords: System development, decomposition, system architecture, DSM, whole to part ratio

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