Developing Large-Scale Systems with the Rational Unified ProcessThis paper introduces an architectural pattern for systems of interconnected systems. This construct allows recursion not only within one model, but between different models. The introduced architecture is used for systems that are implemented by several communicating systems. Each involved system is described by its own set of models, separate from other systems' models. The advantages of using this technique are obvious: you can approach rather complex problems and understand them using a "divide and conquer" technique. However, the drawback is that you risk more overhead, desynchronized schedules, risks being pushed towards the end of the lifecycle of the superordinate system. You also need to watch out that a reasonable and effective reuse strategy is followed to avoid developing a set of "stove-pipe" systems.
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