Three approaches to complex system decomposition

Noemi Chiriac*, Katja Hölttä-Otto, Dusan Lysy, Eun Suk Suh

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Most work on component or function based DSMs thus far starts with an assumption that decomposition is trivial. In this paper we introduce three distinct approaches to decomposing a complex system: assembly decomposition, functional decomposition and service based decomposition. Then we apply these guidelines to a Xerox printing system. We conclude that the results of architectural analysis, for a complex system, are directly affected by the approach taken to decompose the system and the whole to part ratio.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInvest on Visualization - Proceedings of the 13th International DSM Conference
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 2011
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference - Cambridge, United States
Duration: 14 Sep 201115 Sep 2011
Conference number: 13


ConferenceInternational Dependency and Structure Modelling Conference
Abbreviated titleDSM
CountryUnited States


  • Complex system development
  • Decomposition
  • DSM
  • System architecture
  • Whole to part ratio

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