Architecting Network-Centric Software Systems: A Style-Based Beginning

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Executive Summary

With the advent of potent network technology, software development has evolved from traditional platform-centric construction to network-centric evolution. This change involves largely the way the authors reason about systems as evidenced in the introduction of Network-Centric Operations (NCO). Unfortunately, it has resulted in conflicting interpretations of how to map NCO concepts to the field of software architecture. In this paper, they capture the core concepts and goals of NCO, investigate the implications of these concepts and goals on software architecture, and identify the operational characteristics that distinguish network-centric software systems from other systems.

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