Different types of models are needed to support the analysis, specification, design, and verification of systems. The evolution of modeling standards enables the broad adoption of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE).
Motivation for Modeling Standards
Modeling standards play an important role in defining agreed-upon system modeling concepts that can be represented for a particular domain of interest and enable the integration of different types of models across domains of interest. Modeling standards are extremely important to support MBSE, which aims to integrate various system aspects across various disciplines, products, and technologies.
Standards for system modeling languages can enable cross-discipline, cross-project, and cross- organization communication. This communication offers the potential to reduce the training requirements for practitioners who only need to learn about a particular system and enables the reuse of system artifacts. Standard modeling languages also provide a common foundation for advancing the practice of systems engineering, as do other systems engineering standards.
Types of Modeling Standards
Many different standards apply to systems modeling. Modeling standards include standards for modeling languages, data exchange between models, and the transformation of one model to another to achieve semantic interoperability. Each type of model can be used to represent different aspects of a system, such as representing the set of system components and their interconnections and interfaces, or to represent a system to support performance analysis or reliability analysis.
The following is a partial list of representative modeling standards, which also includes the common acronym, when applicable, and a reference as to where additional information can be found on the topic.
Modeling Languages for Systems
Descriptive Models - These standards apply to general descriptive modeling of systems:
- Functional Flow Block Diagram (FFBD) (Oliver, Kelliher, and Keegan 1997)
- Integration Definition for Functional Modeling (IDEF0) (NIST 1993)
- Object-Process Methodology (OPM) [] [] (Dori 2002; ISO 19450 PAS - Publicly Available Specification in progress)
- Systems Modeling Language (SysML)(OMG 2010a)
- Unified Profile for United States Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Architecture Framework (MODAF) (OMG 2011e)
- Web ontology language (OWL) (W3C 2004b)
Analytical Models and Simulations - These standards apply to analytical models and simulations:
- Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) (IEEE 1998)
- High-Level Architecture (HLA) (IEEE 2010)
- Modelica (Modelica Association 2010)
- Semantics of a Foundational Subset for Executable Unified Modeling Language (UML) Models (FUML) (OMG 2011d)
Data Exchange Standards
These standards enable the exchange of information between models:
- Application Protocol for Systems Engineering Data Exchange (ISO 10303-233) (AP-233) (ISO 2005)
- Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF) (OMG 2011c)
- Extensible Mark-Up Language -(XML) Metadata Interchange (XMI) (OMG 2003a)
- Resource Description Framework (RDF) (W3C 2004a)
These standards apply to transforming one model to another to support semantic interoperability:
- Query View Transformations (QVT) (OMG 2011b)
- Systems Modeling Language (SysML)-Modelica Transformation (OMG 2010c)
- OPM-to-SysML Transformation (Grobshtein and Dori 2011)
General Modeling Standards
These standards provide general frameworks for modeling:
- Model-driven architecture (MDA®) (OMG 2003b)
- IEEE 1471-2000 - Recommended Practice for Architectural Description of Software-Intensive Systems (ANSI/IEEE 2000) (ISO/IEC 2007)
Other Domain-Specific Modeling Standards
Software Design Models
These standards apply to modeling application software and/or embedded software design:
- Architecture Analysis and Design Language (AADL) (SAE 2009)
- Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems (MARTE) (OMG 2009)
- Unified Modeling Language (UML) (OMG 2010b)
Hardware Design Models
These standards apply to modeling hardware design:
- Very-High-Speed Integrated Circuit (VHSIC) Hardware Description Language (VHDL) (IEEE 2008)
Business Process Models
These standards apply to modeling business processes:
- Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) (OMG 2011a)
ANSI/IEEE. 2000. Recommended Practice for Architectural Description for Software-Intensive Systems. New York, NY: American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), ANSI/IEEE 1471-2000.
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IEEE. 1998. Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS). Washington, DC: Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. IEEE 1278.1-1995. Available at http://standards.ieee.org/develop/project/1278.2.html.
IEEE. 2008. VHSIC hardware description language (VHDL). Washington, DC: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEE Standard 1076-2008. Available at http://standards.ieee.org/findstds/standard/1076-2008.html.
IEEE. 2010. Standard for High Level Architecture. Washington, DC: Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. IEEE Standard 1516. Available at http://standards.ieee.org/develop/intl/intlstds.html
ISO. 2005. Application Protocol for Systems Engineering Data Exchange. Geneva, Switzerland: International Organization for Standardization. ISO 10303-233. Available at http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_ics/catalogue_detail_ics.htm?csnumber=55257.
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Modelica Association. 2010. Modelica® - A Unified Object-Oriented Language for Physical Systems Modeling, Language Specification, Version 3.2. Modelica Association. Available at https://www.modelica.org/documents/ModelicaSpec32.pdf.
NIST. 1993. Integration Definition for Functional Modeling (IDEF0). Gaithersburg, MD: National Institute for Standards and Technologies. Available at http://www.idef.com/IDEF0.htm.
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OMG 2003a. XML Metadata Interchange (XMI), Version 1.1. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/XML/.
OMG. 2003b. Model driven architecture (MDA®), Version 1.0.1. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/mda.
OMG. 2009. Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems (MARTE), Version 1.0. Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/MARTE/1.0/.
OMG. 2010a. OMG Systems Modeling Language (SysML), Version 1.2. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.sysml.org/docs/specs/OMGSysML-v1.2-10-06-02.pdf.
OMG. 2010b. Unified Modeling Language™ (UML), Version 2.. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/UML/.
OMG. 2010c. SysML-Modelica Transformation Specification, Beta Version. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/SyM/.
OMG. 2011a. Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Version 2.0. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/BPMN/2.0/
OMG. 2011b. Query View Transformations (QVT), Version 1.1. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/QVT/1.1/.
OMG. 2011c. Requirements Interchange Format (ReqIF), Version 1.0.1. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/ReqIF/.
OMG. 2011d. Semantics of a Foundational Subset for Executable UML Models (FUML), Version 1.0. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/FUML/1.0/.
OMG. 2011e. Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM), Version 1.1. Needham, MA, USA: Object Management Group. Available at http://www.omg.org/spec/UPDM/.
SAE. 2009. Architecture Analysis & Design Language (AADL). Warrendale, PA, USA: SAE International. Available at http://standards.sae.org/as5506a/.
W3C. 2004a. Resource Description Framework (RDF), Version 1.0. World Wide Web Consortium. Available at http://www.w3.org/RDF/.
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