Part 2 Analysis of System Architecture

We now begin the analysis of architecture in depth. In Part 1, we built up a framework for analyzing systems, and we introduced some of the tools that will be useful in that analysis. Here in Part 2: Analysis of System Architecture, we will work to develop a deep understanding of form and function and will show that these are the building blocks of system architecture.

What is architecture? Two possible definitions are:

The arrangement of the functional elements into physical blocks.

Ulrich and Eppinger [1]

The whole consists of parts; the parts have relationships to each other; when put together, the whole has a designed purpose and fills a need.

Reekie and McAdam [2]

What these two definitions have in ...

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