Systems-of-Systems Engineering and the Pragmatics of Demand

by Philip Boxer

Last week I was joined by Bernie Cohen and colleagues from the SEI to present this paper at the IEEE 2nd International Systems Conference in Montreal, Canada (April 7-10, 2008).

The paper considers how the particular pragmatics of demand ‘at the edge’ determine the forms of interoperability required of complex systems of systems, which we refer to as ‘geometries-of-use’. The importance of this concept lies in its use to determine the requisite variety of geometries-of-use that a systems of systems infrastructure needs to be able to support. From this we can determine the functional granularity required of the supporting infrastructures.

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