CEC Theses and Dissertations

Title

On the Development of a Software Architecture for a Distributed Information System that can Support the Warrior as Envisioned by the U.S. Department of Defense

Date of Award

1997

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences

Advisor

Marlyn Kemper Littman

Committee Member

S. Rollins Guild

Committee Member

Susan Fife Dorchak

Abstract

This dissertation examines, defines, and presents a viable software architecture that can be used as the structural foundation for a large distributed information system. The software architecture presented is based upon a unique concept envisioned by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). This concept envisions that certain characteristics and capabilities exist within the system in order to provide the type of support deemed necessary to meet the needs of the DOD. In order to provide the types of capabilities desired, the software architecture needs to be sound and proven, based on definitive solutions that provide continuity and cohesiveness throughout the systems development and implementation. For these reasons, the software architecture is based on the pattern language paradigm. The pattern language paradigm successfully demonstrates how a particular design decision consisting of diverse computational environments can be effectively used to form the structural foundation necessary to fulfill the architectural requirements established by the DOD.

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