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


    Potts, M, Sartor, P, Johnson, A & Bullock, S, 2018, ‘Through a Glass, Darkly? Taking a Network Perspective on System-of-Systems Architectures.’. in: Eric Bonjour, Daniel Krob, Luca Palladino, François Stephan (eds) Complex Systems Design & Management. CSD&M 2018.. Springer, Cham, pp. 121-132


    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.

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