Proceedings. Eighth IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, 2004. EDOC 2004. (2004)
Sept. 20, 2004 to Sept. 24, 2004
João Paulo Almeida , University of Twente, The Netherlands
Remco Dijkman , University of Twente, The Netherlands
Marten van Sinderen , University of Twente, The Netherlands
Luís Ferreira Pires , University of Twente, The Netherlands
Although platform-independence is a central property in MDA models, the study of platform-independence has been largely overlooked in MDA. As a consequence, there is a lack of guidelines to select abstraction criteria and modelling concepts for platform-independent design. In addition, there is little methodological support to distinguish between platform-independent and platform-specific concerns, which could be detrimental to the beneficial exploitation of the PIM-PSM separation-of-concerns adopted by MDA. This paper is an attempt towards clarifying the notion of platform-independent modelling in MDA development. We argue that each level of platform-independence must be accompanied by the identification of an abstract platform. An abstract platform is determined by the platform characteristics that are relevant for applications at a certain level of platform-independence, and must be established by balancing various design goals. We present some methodological principles for abstract platform design, which forms a basis for defining requirements for design languages intended to support platform-independent design. Since our methodological framework is based on the notion of abstract platform, we pay particular attention to the definition of abstract platforms and the language requirements to specify abstract platforms. We discuss how the concept of abstract platform relates to UML.
Model-Driven Architecture (MDA), platform-independence, abstract platform, distributed application design
R. Dijkman, L. F. Pires, M. v. Sinderen and J. P. Almeida, "On the Notion of Abstract Platform in MDA Development," Proceedings. Eighth IEEE International Enterprise Distributed Object Computing Conference, 2004. EDOC 2004.(EDOC), Monterey, California, 2004, pp. 253-263.