An Ontology-based Approach for Modelling Architectural Styles

Pahl, Claus, Giesecke, Simon and Hasselbring, Wilhelm (2007) An Ontology-based Approach for Modelling Architectural Styles [Paper] In: Proceedings of the First European Conference on Software Architecture (ECSA 2007), September 24-26, 2007, Aranjuez, Spain.


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The conceptual modelling of software architectures is of central importance for the quality of a software system. A rich modelling language is required to integrate the different aspects of architecture modelling, such as architectural styles, structural and behavioural modelling, into a coherent framework. We propose an ontological approach for architectural style modelling based on description logic as an abstract, meta-level modelling instrument. Architectural styles are often neglected in software architectures. We introduce a framework for style definition and style combination. The link between quality requirements and conceptual modelling of architectural styles is investigated. The application of the ontological framework in the form of an integration into existing architectural description notations such as ACME and UML-based approaches, and also service ontologies is illustrated.

Document Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: architectural style, architecture ontology, description logics, quality-driven development, Software architecture modelling
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Software Engineering
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2012 06:05
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2013 20:39

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