On the Architectural Requirements of an Engineered System

The principles and practices of engineering provide for attributes of control, audit, and changeability. The architecture of such a system must be based on controlled, pre-tested modules and certain controlled interface protocols which permit configurability. This approach also provides the best means known to the author for the control of system complexity. These principles are examined and their application to information system design is proposed. Some areas requiring further development are discussed.

By: N. P. Edwards

Published in: RC6688 in 1977


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