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Software Architectures for Product Families

Volume 1951 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 96-106

Software Connectors and Refinement in Family Architectures

  • Alexander EgyedAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • , Nikunj MehtaAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Southern California
  • , Nenad MedvidovícAffiliated withDepartment of Computer Science, University of Southern California

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Abstract

Product families promote reuse of software artifacts such as architectures, designs and implementations. Product family architectures are difficult to create due to the need to support variations. Traditional approaches emphasize the identification and description of generic components, which makes it difficult to support variations among products. This paper presents an approach to modeling family architectures using generic software connectors that provide bounded ambiguity and support flexible product families. The paper also proposes an approach for transforming a family architecture to a product design through a four-way refinement and evolution process.