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A Methodology for Generating Systems Architectural Glimpse Statements Using the 5W1H Maxim

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School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 15773 Athens, Greece
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Research Institute of Environment and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University, Kanagawa, Yokohama 240-8501, Japan
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Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University, Endo, Kanagawa, Fujisawa 252-0882, Japan
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R&D Delivery Department, Worldline Iberia SA, 08020 Barcelona, Spain
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Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University, Endo, Kanagawa, Fujisawa 252-0882, Japan
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Academic Editor: Paolo Bellavista
Computers 2021, 10(10), 131; https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100131
Received: 10 September 2021 / Revised: 30 September 2021 / Accepted: 9 October 2021 / Published: 15 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Edge and Cloud Computing in IoT)
Attempts to facilitate and streamline systems architecting have resulted in a great number of reusable principles, practices, mechanisms, frameworks, and tools. Such a practice is the use of architectural viewpoints and views. However, as systems change, these practices should also evolve. The increasing scale and complexity of systems resulting from an ever-growing pool of human needs and breakthroughs may lead, in some cases, to an increased gap between the abstraction activities attempting to capture the whole of a system, and the instantiation activities that produce concrete and detailed descriptions of a system’s architecture. To address this issue, this article introduces a new notion, that of architectural glimpse statements, fundamental questions acting as the building blocks for architectural views and products. This notion can help architects ask the right questions in the right manner to create fundamental statements, the elaboration on which can lead directly to concrete architectural products. Working on top of standardized and common approaches, the article introduces a language for the creation of architectural glimpse statements using the 5W1H maxim. Based on this language, a tool and guidelines are also provided to facilitate the usage of glimpses. Finally, the overall methodology is demonstrated in two case studies. View Full-Text
Keywords: systems architecture; architectural description; view; viewpoint; 5W1H maxim; five Ws systems architecture; architectural description; view; viewpoint; 5W1H maxim; five Ws
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Voutyras, O.; Bokhari, A.H.; Tsuge, A.; Palaiokrassas, G.; Kawasaki, T.; Cases-Camats, X.; Nakazawa, J.; Litke, A.; Okoshi, T.; Varvarigou, T. A Methodology for Generating Systems Architectural Glimpse Statements Using the 5W1H Maxim. Computers 2021, 10, 131. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100131

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Voutyras O, Bokhari AH, Tsuge A, Palaiokrassas G, Kawasaki T, Cases-Camats X, Nakazawa J, Litke A, Okoshi T, Varvarigou T. A Methodology for Generating Systems Architectural Glimpse Statements Using the 5W1H Maxim. Computers. 2021; 10(10):131. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100131

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Voutyras, Orfefs, Aamir H. Bokhari, Akira Tsuge, Georgios Palaiokrassas, Takafumi Kawasaki, Xavier Cases-Camats, Jin Nakazawa, Antonios Litke, Tadashi Okoshi, and Theodora Varvarigou. 2021. "A Methodology for Generating Systems Architectural Glimpse Statements Using the 5W1H Maxim" Computers 10, no. 10: 131. https://doi.org/10.3390/computers10100131

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