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Using Macromodels to Manage Collections of Related Models

Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5565)

Abstract

The creation and manipulation of multiple related models is common in software development, however there are few tools that help to manage such collections of models. We propose a framework in which different types of model relationships – such as submodelOfand refinementOf – can be formally defined and used with a new type of model, called a macromodel, to express the required relationships between models at a high-level of abstraction. Macromodels can be used to support the development, comprehension, consistency management and evolution of sets of related models. We illustrate the framework with a detailed example from the telecommunications industry and describe a prototype implementation.

Keywords

Modeling Metamodeling Macromodeling Relationships Mappings 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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