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Empowering open systems through cross-platform interoperability
Author(s): James C. Lyke
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Paper Abstract

Most of the motivations for open systems lie in the expectation of interoperability, sometimes referred to as “plug-and-play”. Nothing in the notion of “open-ness”, however, guarantees this outcome, which makes the increased interest in open architecture more perplexing. In this paper, we explore certain themes of open architecture. We introduce the concept of “windows of interoperability”, which can be used to align disparate portions of architecture. Such “windows of interoperability”, which concentrate on a reduced set of protocol and interface features, might achieve many of the broader purposes assigned as benefits in open architecture. Since it is possible to engineer proprietary systems that interoperate effectively, this nuanced definition of interoperability may in fact be a more important concept to understand and nurture for effective systems engineering and maintenance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 2014
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 9096, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2014, 90960I (17 June 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055262
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James C. Lyke, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9096:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2014
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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