The Concept of Reference Architectures

@article{Cloutier2010TheCO,
  title={The Concept of Reference Architectures},
  author={Robert J. Cloutier and Gerrit Muller and Dinesh Verma and Roshi Rose Nilchiani and Eirik Hole and Mary A. Bone},
  journal={Systems Engineering},
  year={2010},
  volume={13}
}
The concept of Reference Architectures is novel in the business world. However, many architects active in the creation of complex systems frequently use the term Reference Architecture. Yet, these experienced architects do not collectively have a consistent notion of what constitutes a Reference Architecture, what is the value of maintaining the Reference Architecture, what is the best approach to visualizing a Reference Architecture, what is the most appropriate level of abstraction, and how… 

RAModel: A Reference Model for Reference Architectures

  • E. NakagawaF. OquendoM. Becker
  • Computer Science
    2012 Joint Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture and European Conference on Software Architecture
  • 2012
TLDR
A reference model for reference architectures is presented, named RAModel (Reference Architecture Model), that intends to improve the understanding about what reference architectures are, as well as their components and relationships, supporting the establishment, use, and evolution of such architectures.

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TLDR
Results achieved through the use of ProSA-RA have showed that it is a viable, efficient process and, as a consequence, it could contribute to the reuse of knowledge in several applications domains, by promoting the establishment of new reference architectures.

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A framework is proposed which could provide a better understanding of the contents of reference architectures, enabling the development of more complete, efficient reference architectures.

Variability viewpoint to describe reference architectures

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Based on initial results, it is observed that the variability viewpoint could contribute to a more adequate, complete description of reference architectures and, as a consequence, it could promote a more effective dissemination and use of such architectures.

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This paper starts with positioning reference architectures relative to architecture frameworks, architecting methods and techniques, and tools, and focuses on attempts to mine information from past architectures by studying produced artefacts as well as by interacting with the people involved.

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Towards a formal description of reference architectures for embedded systems

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The main purpose of this study is to discuss directions for a precise, comprehensive description which can support the specification, analysis, and realization of reference architectures.
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