Chapter 8. Composite and Generic Components

In this section, we discuss the system and abstract component categories that provide a framework for specifying composite components and generic components. Systems are used to define the composite components of a system recursively in terms of system subcomponents as well as specific software, computer hardware, and physical system components. Abstract components can be used to represent a component hierarchy as composites and individual components that are generic. Abstract components can be refined later in the design process to declare explicitly the runtime category of the components that comprise the runtime architecture. Components contained in a system component or abstract component can only ...

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