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Future-Proof Interfaces: Systematic Identification and Analysis

Future-Proof Interfaces: Systematic Identification and Analysis

Year: 2011

Section: Product Architectures

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

Author: Bauer, W.; Maurer, M.

Section: Product Architectures

Pages: 89-101

Abstract

A system’s functionality is often realized by interaction of many independent products. The interoperability can cause problems in management and design, because these products possess different life cycle durations. Improved interface definition can facilitate the interaction of products within the system even if products possess such differences in their life cycles. In this paper a matrix and graph based approach is presented, which enables developers to ensure robust interoperability of products during a system’s life cycle. Relevant interfaces between interacting products are selected for more detailed consideration by systematically identifying critical and fast changing interfaces. This helps defining future-proof interfaces. The approach has been successfully applied in an industrial design project on safety relevant system development.

Keywords: Multiple-Domain Matrix, interface management, interface definition, life cycle, criticality

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