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Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS)

Technical Note
This technical note identifies and describes the characteristics that have been used in various definitions of the term system of systems.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001
DOI (Digital Object Identifier)
10.1184/R1/6582545.v1

Abstract

The concept of a system of systems (SoS) has become very popular over the last decade, resulting in books, conferences, technical papers, and reports. However, there is no consensus as to exactly what the term means, and it has been given many different, though related, definitions. This technical note identifies and describes the characteristics that have been used in various definitions of the term system of systems. These SoS characteristics vary along corresponding scales and can form the basis of corresponding “meters” that serve as indicators of where a system lies along the associated scale. This technical note also discusses two other classes of system characteristics: quality characteristics and programmatic characteristics and how similar meters can be used to describe where systems lie along the scales associated with these two additional sets of system characteristics. Finally, this technical note discusses the various benefits of using these system of systems characteristics to profile systems.

Cite This Technical Note

Firesmith, D. (2010, February 1). Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS). (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001). Retrieved May 24, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582545.v1.

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author={Firesmith, Donald},
title={Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS)},
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year={2010},
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howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
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Firesmith, Donald. "Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS)." (CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, February 1, 2010. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582545.v1.

D. Firesmith, "Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS)," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001, 1-Feb-2010 [Online]. Available: https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582545.v1. [Accessed: 24-May-2024].

Firesmith, Donald. "Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS)." (Technical Note CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 1 Feb. 2010. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582545.v1. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Firesmith, Donald. Profiling Systems Using the Defining Characteristics of Systems of Systems (SoS). CMU/SEI-2010-TN-001. Software Engineering Institute. 2010. https://doi.org/10.1184/R1/6582545.v1