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JSW 2009 Vol.4(5): 478-486 ISSN: 1796-217X
doi: 10.4304//jsw.4.5.478-486

Multi-view Meta-modeling of Software Architecture Behavior

Ammar Bessam1, Mohamed Tahar Kimour2
1LAMEL laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Jijel, Algeria
2LRI laboratory, Department of Computer Science, University of Annaba, Algeria

Abstract—Component based development is recognized now as a powerful tool to manage actual systems’ technological complexity. The success key factor of this discipline is the high level abstracting of systems’ structural and behavioral constituents. On the other hand, enhancing software architectures simplicity and clarity by separating several concerns is a useful technique to manage complexity. In order to have a complete system specification, a rigorous behavior description is needed. Behavioral concepts and their use in architectural specification are in a fast evolution and have become so numerous, so it becomes difficult to elicit and manage them. For these purposes, we present in this paper, a generalized meta-model of behavioral aspects, that indexes the various architectural behavior concepts in classes, in a generic way. To enable more sophisticated and consistent analysis of architecture behavior we have separated behavioral concepts into packages basing on four functional perspectives: interface, static behavior, dynamic behavior, and interaction protocols. We show that our proposed meta-model allows having a general, a unified and an adaptable view of behavioral concepts required in software architecture description from all functional viewpoints.

Index Terms—Multi-view behavior meta-modeling, architecture description languages, Software architecture functional views, component-based software architecture, extensibility.

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Cite: Ammar Bessam, Mohamed Tahar Kimour, "Multi-view Meta-modeling of Software Architecture Behavior," Journal of Software vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 478-486, 2009.

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